My friend Cindy made this for a vegetarian potluck dinner. We all went nuts for it.
It's basically a very thick, nicely spiced tomato-based lentil stew that makes a delicious sandwich filling.
I made it tonight and it was easy and tasty.
1c uncooked lentils
4c of water
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 gloves garlic
1 tbs chili powder (Cindy: "I used an Indian spice called Sambar instead of chili powder - it's a mixture of spices that includes chili powder. You can get it at the Pakistani store on Greenmount and 33rd -- or I can send you all home with some the next time I see you." Heather used madras curry. )
1.5 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
8 oz tomato sauce
1/4 c tomato paste
3 tbs maple syrup
2 tbs yellow mustard
4-6 kaiser rolls (or whatever rolls you have)
1. Put lentils and water in a pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 20 minutes until soft. Drain and set aside.
2. 10 minutes before lentils are done, saute onions, carrots, and peppers in oil. Add garlic, saute.
3. Add lentils, chili powder, oregano, salt and mix. Add tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook 10 minutes. Add maple syrup and mustard and heat through.
4. Turn off and let sit about 10 minutes so flavors can meld. Serve open faced with a scoop of snobby joe on each bun.