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We can't ever have enough single-bowl meals on our recipe book. We love making them, we love eating them, and we love not having to clean afterwards. With that said, today's recipe is Sweet Korean lentils, another single-bowl meal that will help us expand our repertoire.
A bowl of sweet Korean lentils is incredibly easy to make, it is super tasty and really filling. We can have it ready from start to finish in about 20 minutes. So if you find yourself in the middle of the week with little time and a big appetite, this recipe is perfect for you.
The beauty of our sweet Korean lentils is that we can easily find all the ingredients at the market year round. We need rice, lentils, ginger, carrot, shallots and a teaspoon of sesame oil, and a delicious sauce that we are making from scratch
The sauce has all the Korean taste you could ask for. We need garlic, maple syrup and soy sauce. You will end up with a very tasty sauce but it will be bit thick for us. We can just water it down and check on it while it's on the hot pan.
If you have a hard time finding gochujang paste, don't sweat it. We can still make our sauce, we just have to take another route. Since gochujang paste is basically Korean chili paste, you can just use any other kind of chili.
Just make sure not to add to much. The chili paste is intended to give our sweet Korean lentils a bit of a kick and enhance the flavours. If you go to hard with the chili paste it could be to spicy to even enjoy.
I don't manage spicy food well, at all. But I wouldn't leave the chili paste out. It really balances out the sweet taste of this recipe. The sauce has a bit of maple syrup and the cooked carrots also add a hint of sweetness. I love that cooked carrots can do this to food without being overly sweet. So, adding a tiny bit of chilly will be enough.
Once the sauce is ready, the lentils need to be simmered in it. We want to let them get infused with all the flavours of the sauce but make sure to not overcook them. It will take about 10 minutes for the lentils to soften. But keep a close eye so you don't end up with a mushy mess.
The sweet Korean lentils are incredibly tasty on their own. But, since we want a whole meal in our bowl I went ahead and added some much-needed complex carbs. A serving of brown rice goes really well with the taste and consistency of our sweet Korean lentils. And is a good way to pack on nutrients as well.
This recipe is meant to nourish your body and our soul. It is incredibly delicious and heartwarming, and so easy to make. I hope you love it as much as we do!
For the rice
For the lentils
For the sauce
For the garnish
Total servings 4
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 364||From Fat 32|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 4g||5.5%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||3%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 70g||23.3%|
|Dietry Fiber 6g||25.7%|
|Vitamin A 0µg|
|Vitamin B-12 0µg||0%|
|Vitamin B-6 0.49mg||24.5%|
|Vitamin C 3mg||5%|
|Vitamin D 0IU||0%|
|Vitamin E 0.13mg||0.4%|
|Vitamin K1 2.33µg||2.9%|
|Folic Acid 0µg|
|Pantothenic acid 0.97mg||9.7%|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
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