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Recipes for 21 Aug 2014
Cuisine : Syrian Cuisine
Adas bi' l-Hamid (Lentil with Lemon)


1-1/2 cups dried green or brown lentils,picked over and rinsed
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil,plus extra for drizzling
5 large Swiss chard leaves, washed well, stems removed, and sliced into thin strips crosswise
2 tablespoons mashed garlic (about 8 large garlic cloves)
3/4 cup finely chopped fresh coriander (cilantro, leaves from 1 to 2 bunches)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses

1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil and cook the lentils until tender, 20 to 45 minutes, check often because the cooking time varies depending on the age of the lentils. Drain and set aside.
2. In a medium-size nonreactive skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat, then cook the Swiss chard until it wilts, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove and drain off any liquid. Set aside.
3. In the same skillet, beat the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and coriander and cook until sizzling, 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Reduce the heat to medium, add the Swiss chard, drained lentils, and water, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the lemon juice and pomegranate molasses and continue cooking until the lentils look mushy, about another 10 minutes.
Transfer to a serving bowl and drizzle a small amount of olive oil over it before serving.

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