Saturday, February 19, 2011
I tasted the tomatoes before dumping them into the pot. They had a tomato-ey taste. They were far better than "fresh" supermarket tomatoes that you get in the produce section in the winter. I received a can of whole tomatoes and crushed tomatoes. The whole tomatoes were much firmer than my canned tomatoes. You could actually chop them up and make some salsa. I think Red Pack has a very fine product. Certainly it is something I have purchased before and will continue to purchase.
Adapted from this recipe at Food Network
1/4 cup ghee or clarified butter
1 1/2 cups diced onions
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 jalapeno peppers, cored, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
2 cups orange lentils
2 tablespoons finely minced ginger
2 tablespoons Garam Masala
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon sugar
1 bay leaf
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
8 cups water
In a large pot, heat the ghee and stir-fry the onions just until transluscent. Add the garlic, jalapeno, cumin, lentils, ginger, curry powder, salt, pepper, sugar and bay leaf. Saute for 1 to 2 minutes, until the herbs and spices become very aromatic. Add the tomatoes and vinegar. Add the water, bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer and cook until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust seasoning with cumin, salt, pepper and sugar.
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3. Giveaway drawing will take place on Saturday 2/26/11 after 12 in the afternoon. My daughters will draw the name. The winner will be announced Saturday evening.
Full Disclosure: Red Pack provided me with a tomato kit for review and will provide one of my readers with a kit as well. I have paid nothing for these products.