Garam Masala Lentils

I've always been curious about garam masala. It certainly sounds interesting and tasty.

It's similar to a curry. A blend of spices. But it's less complex than a curry blend. It's usually used as a starting point and additional spices are added.

I got some as a gift and decided to try it with lentils and barley in a curry.

If you like curry and haven't yet tried adding garam masala, you should. It's easy to get online. It adds a whole new level of depth.

I love lentils in a curry because they need a lot of flavor and they bring texture as well as thickening properties. You don't want a loose or watery curry.

I made a huge batch. This yielded 2.5 quarts of food. So you may want to halve the measurements.

1 red bell pepper, diced
2 poblano peppers, diced
2 jalapenos, minced
2 serranos, minced
5 cloves garlic, smashed and diced
2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup fresh kale
1/2 cup dry lentils
1/2 cup dry pearl barley
1 can coconut milk
3 heaping spoonfuls of my hari…

Red Wine Mushroom Sauce Noodles

This is an uncomplicated pasta  preparation that yields a lot of flavor from a humble array of ingredients. Less is more.

8 ounces mushrooms, your choice, sliced
6 celery stalks, chopped small
1 cup spinach
1 poblano pepper, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 habernero, minced
3 clove garlic, sliced thinly

Cooked noodles, 1 cup water reserved

1/2 cup red wine
2 tbls; 1 tbl olive oil
2 tbls hot sauce

1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
3 tsps salt
2 tsp black pepper

In a large saute pan cook noodles in water with  2 tsp salt. Set noodle asides. Keep 1 cup cooking water in the pan. Add mushrooms, celery, wine and 2 tbls olive oil. Braise over medium heat for 15 minutes.

Add spinach, garlic, poblano, jalapeno, habernero, hot sauce and spices, including the remaining 1 tsp salt. Simmer for 5 more minutes.

Add noodles back to pan and remaining 1 tbl olive oil.  Stir thoroughly to combine everything. Continue simmering over medium heat until noodles have absorbed most of the liquid, are glistening  and only a small amount of liquid remains in the bottom of the pan. Top with your favorite beans.