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lentil stir-fry, sort of

I don't know if this even counts a recipe so much as "a way I like to make lentils." Also, nothing really gets fried. My first post and I am already full of lies.

You will need:

- lentils, any kind. (I've made it with black and green ones so far)
- brown sugar
- soy sauce
- assorted vegetables, if you want!

First, cook the lentils.
I use my beloved rice cooker for this, but if not I think you can just cook the lentils in a pot on the stove with the 2:1 ratio of water to lentils till you can bite into them but they are not mush.

I like to add veg because lentils on their own get a bit monotonous. I've done this with celery-carrot-onion, just onion, onion-and-broccoli, whatever!

Chop the vegetables up small, drizzle some oil in a pan, and cook them in said pan until you can bite into them but well before mush-stage.

While they are cooking, whip up the sauce - equal parts brown sugar and soy sauce. I use about 1/4 cup of each to about 2 cups of lentils, but this is entirely up to your sauce-to-lentil preferences. Pour the sugar and soy sauce into a small bowl, mix them up a bit with the fork, and set it aside.

Once the vegetables are done, turn down the heat, add the lentils to the pan, and then pour the sauce over all of it. Stir everything up good, make sure it's warm, and you're done!

I've eaten this straight out of a bowl, in a tortilla as a wrap, and in nice cold lettuce leaves as a wrap. I like that way a lot because you get different texture and temperatures, but the lentils tend to roll out of the lettuce leaves and it gets messy.

Also, you can add anything you want to the sauce and vegetables. I've tossed in a bit of garlic, some fresh ginger when I had it, whatever. The nice thing about almost-recipes is their flexibility. :D



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