Thursday, 26 January 2012

Comfort food - Lentils with rice, sumac sweet potato and sour cream

Comfort food seems to be the buzzword around lately. Everyone needs comforting all of a sudden, whether it's the economy, January blues or maybe just a plain old food hug needed. Whatever the reason, I do know that apart from fuel and nutrition, this is one of the things that food does best! The right food can instantly make us feel that everything is going to be ok. Warm and revitalising, it doesn't even have to be expensive. Just a few simple ingredients and like a sea made of cotton wool it washes over us and makes the boo boos going away! Essentially we're all babies; just bigger with more cooking ability! 


(Serves 2)

1 large sweet potato
150g basmati rice
60g lentils
1 medium red onion
splash of olive oil

Wash the basmati rice in cold water until the water runs clear. Wash the lentils in cold water. Get the lentils on a high heat for about 4-5 minutes, then turn down to a simmer and cook until tender, approximately 30 minutes. While the lentils are cooking add the rice to a separate pot, add a pinch of salt. Bring the water to the boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for approximately 10-12 minutes.

Peel the sweet potato and cut into cubes. Slice the onion and add to an oven dish along with the potato. Add a drizzle of oil, a sprinkle of sumac and a little salt, stir through to make sure everything is well coated. Cook in the oven at about 180C for 40 minutes, stirring halfway through.

Take the lentil and mix with the rice, add a little salt. Top with spoonfuls of the sweet potato, onion mixture. Add a dollop of sour cream, serve and prepare to smile!

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