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French green lentils have a distinctive and delicious peppery flavor. Look for them in natural food stores and fine food markets. Brown lentils may be used as a substitute. Increase the cooking time to 50 minutes.
* 1 cup French green lentils
* 4 cups vegetable broth
* 1 large onion, chopped
* 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
* 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
* 1 teaspoon turmeric
* 1 teaspoon cumin
* 1 teaspoon coriander
* 1/2 teaspoon ginger
* 1/8 -1/4 teaspoon cayenne
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
Rinse lentils and place in a large pot with vegetable broth, onion and cilantro.
Combine mustard seeds, turmeric, cumin, coriander, ginger, and cayenne in a small skillet. Toast over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until spices are fragrant and just begin to smoke, about 2 minutes. Add to lentils.
Cover and simmer until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Add salt to taste.
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