I don’t know how many dishes are made from one ingredient only.
Right now I can only think of one: The Nepalese lentil pancake bara that is made with Black lentils only.
I know! According to some traditions you must use a combination black lentils and moong lentils. But why change what isn’t broke as the proverb says. As the first recipe I was shown is easy and since I almost always have black lentils and almost never have both lentils & moong beans at the same time I stick to my black-lentils-only recipe.
It’s tasty and made the right way one of those dishes everybody just like.
Even conservative meat eaters that normally hate lentils, beans and similar newage, vegan food ideas surrender when I serve them bara. Especially if I jazz things up with eggs, veggies, meat or even fish & seafood.
Lentils are cheap, very healthy and very easy to use. And made the right way it’s a dish all people like. Most of the times we serve them people don’t know what it is – they just like it.
So there are really no excuses for not having a bag of them in your cupboard together with your rice, pasta and chickpeas. Or a bowl of lentils batter in your fridge ready-to-use when you need a snack to serve unexpected visitors, or a fast, healthy and funky dinner or something to use with yesterday’s leftovers.
To us bara is a perfect solution to the problem we have with the increasing number of gluten allergic vegan travellers who don’t eat bread…. instead of lousy non-gluten alternative breads or dry paper-like rice ‘things’ – alternatives we’re not proud of.
With our bara we have an quality alternative that match the quality we feel we have with our home baked bread.
If we can’t use the batter in the fridge – I mean, we are not overrun by travellers – we won’t waste it. Yesterday we used some of the batter from our breakfast to make two delicious dishes for dinner. One bara with Chicken and one with Veal – and i less than 15 minutes 🙂
Since you can’t come by and try our breakfast, try instead using the recipe above. Once you have cracked the code and discovered how easy they are to make its only you fantasy and creativity that limits your use of them.
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