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August 22, 2005

This was another dinner request from Lindsay…what’s funny is that we couldn’t remember what the recipe was, where I had found it, or when we had eaten it, but we both remembered the sauce. Garlicky and super-flavorful, this sauce is great spooned over anything…not just these burritos. We spooned it over the burritos and some steamed broccoli the first night, used it as a salad dressing the second night, and spread it on falafel sandwiches the third night.

I finally located the recipe in an old issue of Cuisine at Home. I changed it quite a bit, and the recipe that follows is my version.

Curried Lentil Burritos

  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons minced jalapeno
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup cubed red potatoes
  • 1/2 cup brown lentils
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 to 6 whole wheat tortillas
  • Cilantro Scallion-Spiced Yogurt (recipe follows)

Saute onion, curry powder, and jalapeno in oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until onion begins to brown, 5 to 8 minutes, stirring often. Stir in broth, tomatoes, potatoes, lentils, and bay leaves. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until lentils are tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Add spinach and stir until wilted; add lime juice and salt.

Heat the tortillas in a nonstick pan, in the oven, or over the flame until soft and pliable. Fill with lentil mixture and spiced yogurt.

Cilantro Scallion-Spiced Yogurt

  • 1 cup cilantro leaves and stems
  • 1/4 cup scallions, sliced (white and green parts)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Salt and cayenne to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) plain yogurt

Process all ingredients except yogurt in a food processor until minced. Stir herb paste into yogurt; chill until ready to serve.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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5 Discussion to this post
  1. I have only tried lentils a couple times (in soups) but this looks like a great way to try them. The spiced yogurt sounds great!

  2. mom says:

    The spiced yogurt sounds very good, so we are going to try it for sure. love mom

  3. crystal says:

    The spiced yogurt really is the reason for sharing this recipe. Not that the lentils aren’t yummy, but man, that sauce….mmmmmm…

  4. Alanna says:

    Hi Crystal … made a slightly modified version last night so it’s posted on the Veggie Venture … just delicious … the sauce is really special given how simple it is … AK

  5. Anne says:

    Crystal,
    This was truly a wonderful dish. I made for my husband (a devout meat-eater!) and he loved it. Thanks for such a great recipe – keep ’em coming!

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