This Community Recipe is Jewish Food Hero’s Lentil and Tomato Stew with Tamarind. Sour tamarind paste balances this soft lentil stew. It can be made on the stove-top, in a pressure cooker or in a slow cooker.
The Biblical story of Rebekah, Jacob, Issac and Esau is one about a family that never found their balance point. This lentil stew finds its balance point thanks to a special ingredient: tamarind paste. It gives the stew a sour element. The flavor perfectly balances the tastes in this Lentil and Tomato Stew with Tamarind.
Cook it any way you like
Although you can make this stew on your stove-top, this Lentil and Tomato Stew with Tamarind can be cooked in different ways. Actually, it is most delicious in the pressure cooker. This method of cooking makes the flavors stronger. Also, you can simply place all the ingredients in a slow cooker and leave it to bubble away for a few hours. But, take care to only add the kidney beans at the end. Otherwise, you will end up with a big bowl of mush. Each method will give slightly different results, but still be delicious.
Use what you have
The vegetables in the Lentil and Tomato Stew with Tamarind recipes are just one way of cooking this dish. So, you can change the recipe based on what’s in season or what you have lying around. Zucchini, leeks, and cauliflower will all work. Keep the base of tomato, garlic and shallots. And you can pretty much switch everything else!
Tamarind – an essential tropical ingredient
Tamarind trees are native to Africa. Also, they grow in tropical climates across Southeast Asia and South America. They grow pods which look like bean pods. Inside, there are very hard, black seeds and “flesh”. In young tamarind fruit, the flesh is green, crunchy and sour. The mature fruit flesh is brown, chewy and extremely sticky. It is similar in texture to a date, for instance.
In Cambodia, mature tamarind is an ingredient in cooking. It is even eaten like a candy with a sugar, salt and chili coating.
The taste is tart and intense, making it a fantastic addition to this tomato based stew. Buy paste in a jar or a vacuum pack of tamarind fruit to make your own.
Key ingredients in this Lentil and Tomato Stew with Tamarind Recipe
Feeding Women of the Bible, Feeding Ourselves Cookbook
Jewish Food Hero’s Lentil and Tomato Stew with Tamarind recipe features in Feeding Women of the Bible, Feeding Ourselves, a Jewish female community cookbook. If you like this recipe, you will find many many more in the book to enjoy.
The Feeding Women of the Bible, Feeding Ourselvescookbook features the short, compelling narratives of 20 female biblical heroines from the Hebrew bible. Each narrative has two healthy plant-based kosher pareve recipes to match, inspired by the character’s experience. This is a community cookbook by Jewish Food Hero and is the co-creation of 40 Jewish women. The twenty biblical narratives are contributed by Rabbis, Rabbinical students, Jewish teachers and emerging thought leaders. The forty-one plant-based recipes were developed by professional chefs and home cooks, elementary school students, and great-grandmothers.