Madras Lentils- Yum!

Time for my monthly check in!! Recently I went shopping with my MIL at Costco. Wow. That place is so freaking huge. Luckily, the carts are just as big so you can squeeze all kinds of stuff you never needed into it. I’m a BJ’s member and our closest store is tiny in comparison. But as they say, larger IS better!

Aisle after aisle we looked and compared items. Shopping is always a blast with my MIL! But I digress. Costco has lots of random things in large sizes. Like a 30 pack of glue sticks, a treadmill or 3 loaves of bread in a bag. Among my favorite things that day was something that my MIL tipped me off to. (Thanks, MIL!) It was Tasty Bites Madras Lentils. A 2 serving 1 minute microwave pouch with simple ingredients: Water, Tomatoes, Lentils, Red Beans, Onions, Cream, Salt, Butter, Sunflower Oil, Chilies, Cumin. No weird unpronounceable ingredients! Yay!

The next day I cooked some rice in my (awesome) Aroma rice cooker and micro’d one of those pouches (they come 6 pouches to a box for $9.99) and served half over rice. I saved the rest for the next day, though I could have clearly eaten the whole pouch in one sitting, it was that good!

Wow. Awesome. Very tasty, lots of flavor for just being lentils & beans. Spiced with cumin, the taste is somewhere between Indian and Mexican. I think it’s less authentic Indian made for the Western palate. So I’m on a quest to recreate the same taste in my slow-cooker or pressure cooker. I have a few recipes and will do a mashup and blog when (if) it succeeds. I’m trying to see if I can make it vegan or make it with less cream & butter, though I suspect I may have to keep either in it. I bought some organic black lentils at Whole Foods along with some organic diced tomatoes. I have the rest of the ingredients here at home. If it comes out similar or merely edible, I’ll post the recipe. Stay tuned!