Mexican Lentils with Fruit
This dish comes from the region of Oaxaca Mexico and it is rich in flavors and textures. It is meant to be a stew and not a soup and can be served with a side of tortillas, rice or bread.
Recipe adapted from the cookbook: Mexico the Beautiful Cookbook
[lt_recipe name=”Mexican Lentils with Fruit” servings=”6″ prep_time=”30M” cook_time=”1H 15M” total_time=”1H 45M” difficulty=”easy” print=”yes” ingredients=”2 cups dried green lentils ;;8 cups of water;;2 strips of bacon cut into small bite sized pieces;;1 package or 4-5 links of spanish chorizo sliced or cut into 1 inch chunks;;1 chopped onion;;2 cloves of garlic minced;;1 small can of pineapple chunks (in their juice, not syrup) drained and rinsed well;;1 plantain cut into 1 inch slices;;1 tsp of salt and more to taste;;1 tsp of freshly ground black pepper;;6 green onions chopped, both white and green parts;;2 tbsp of olive oil;;4 smoked pork chops (you can usually find this in the section of your store that has the ham) ” ]Place your lentils and water into a large pot and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 40 minutes until the lentils are almost cooked but not fully. Once done, drain your lentils over a large bowl to save the liquid and put both the lentils and the bowl of liquid aside. Rinse out the pot you cooked your lentils in and put it back on the stove. Pre-heat your pot over medium heat and add your bacon pieces and cook for 3 minutes. Now add your chorizo to the pot and cook for 3-4 minutes. Now add your regular onion (not scallions) and garlic to the pot and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add your salt and pepper and mix well. Now you are going to add your lentils back into your pot along with 2 cups of the reserved cooking liquid. Mix well. The consistency should be more like a stew than a soup. If it is too dry add a little more liquid. Now, add your plantains, pineapples and green onions and cover with a lid and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. While your lentils are simmering, grab a saute pan and heat it over medium heat. Add your olive oil and smoked pork chops to the pan and cook for about 3 minutes per side. When done, transfer to your pot of lentils and cook for another 5 minutes covered. Taste for any additional salt or pepper to your taste;To serve: You can ladle the stew into bowls and serve with tortillas, rice or bread on the side.[/lt_recipe]