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…

Broiled Caramelized Vegetable Medley with Rosemary

A post or two ago I detailed how caramelized shallots and mushrooms are the flavor bomb you need to add to your repertoire.

This is a similar idea. Broiled cauliflower, potatoes. mushrooms and red onion.

You haven't really eaten cauliflower until you've eaten it caramelized. It transforms into a completely different taste experience. It becomes nutty, earthy, sweet and a little bit meaty.

In a large bowl coat the potatoes and cauliflower in olive oil, rosemary, salt and black pepper.

Turn onto a large baking sheet lubed with cooking spray.

You can use the same bowl to toss your mushrooms, onions and garlic in oil, salt and black pepper.

Turn them onto a separate, equally lubed, baking sheet.

Broil the potatoes and cauliflower on high until nicely browned. Broil on the second rack from the top of the oven. Check after 15 minutes. Turn the pieces and the pan to get even browning.

Broil the mushroom mixture the same way. Keep a close eye on it. Everything will brown pretty quickly.

Add both mixtures back to the original bowl. Stir to combine.