Korean Lentils to Melt Your Heart: Recipe #237

I just finished the Plum Village online retreat “Love is the way.” One key insight I received was that whatever we are chasing after is already inside us. What does this have to do with Korean lentils?

Well, we already have what we are looking for, we just need to remove the idea that we don’t have it. Love is effortless if we remove the idea that we are separated and alone. You are not alone, you are not separate from everyone else, we’re all in this together.

In this spirit of love and interconnection, I’d like to share this scrumptious healing recipe for sweet, tangy Korean lentils that was inspired by Sam. They will absolutely melt your heart.

Thanks to you all for being part of our delicious, mindful, planet-saving family!

Ingredients ($2.50 to serve 3-4)

1 1/2 cups water – free
1/4 cup soy sauce – $0.40
2 tbsp brown sugar – $0.06
1 tbsp garlic powder – $0.70
1 tsp ground ginger – $0.28
1/2 tbsp toasted sesame oil – $0.15
1 tbsp canola oil – $0.05
1 small onion, chopped – $0.50
3/4 cup red lentils – $0.51
Cooked rice and corn to serve

Directions for Korean Lentils

1. In a medium bowl, mix the water, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, ginger, and toasted sesame oil.

In a medium pot, heat the canola oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes until the onion softens and starts to brown. Next, add the lentils and stir to coat the lentils in the onion loveliness. Then add in the sauce that you mixed together in your bowl. Stir to combine the sauce with the lentils and onions.

2. Cover the pot and cook at a low boil for about 10 minutes. After this time, the lentils will be soft and the sauce will be mostly gone. While the lentils are cooking, make rice as you normally would (I use 2 parts water, 1 part dry rice, then cover and bring to a boil then turn off the heat to let it absorb).

Serve the sumptuous Korean lentils hot in a bowl with the rice and some creamed corn (recipe coming next) or any other vegetable you like. Enjoy this bowl of love and know that you already have everything you need. ❤️

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 3 = <1 hour
  • Servings: 1 = <4 servings
  • Cost per serving: 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 3 = optimal nutrition
  • TOTAL: 16/18

If any of you lovely readers tried it, or have other recipes you’d like us to experiment with, please let me know. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!