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Potage Esau

What you need: 

8 oz Red Lentils
6 oz Onion ( finely chopped )
3 oz Carrot ( finely chopped )
6 cloves Garlic ( finely chopped )
1 inch Fresh Root ginger ( finely chopped )
8 Chillies, dried or fresh
½ teaspoon Chilli powder
1 teaspoon Powdered Cumin Seed
2 pints water
Juice of 1 lemon
Tablespoon vegetable oil
Black pepper to taste

What you do: 

Bring water to the boil in a large saucepan. Put 4 dried chillies, half of the 1 inch piece Ginger, pepper and previously washe'd Lentils into it. Bring back to the boil and simmer for 1 hour. In a pan, fry the onion, garlic, carrot, and the remaining ginger until golden. Add the cumin, chilli powder and remaining dried chillies and fry for 2 to 3 minutes. After the Lentils have cooked, add the contents of the frying pan to the pot and cook for 15 minutes. Add the Lemon Juice. Serve with croutons or toast and a mixed side salad.
My father who gave me this recipe some years ago claimed that it was prepared originally by Rebekah, the mother of Esau, who sold his birthright for a mess of potage. I'm not convinced. I don't think chillies reached the Middle East that early. Nice idea though..

Preparation Time: 
90 mins
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