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Spiced Red Lentil & Bulgur Pilaf Mix

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3 tablespoons pine nuts
1/2 cup red lentils
1/2 cup bulgur
2 tablespoons chopped dried apricots
2 tablespoons currants
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried mint
1/2 teaspoon salt; optional
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
--or more to taste
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/4 ounces vegetable bouillon cube
2 1/2 cups water


1. In a small, dry, heavy skillet, stir pine nuts over low heat until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Let cool.

2. In an airtight plastic bag, combine all ingredients except water. Seal bag.


In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in pilaf mix, cover and cook over low heat until water is almost absorbed, about 10 minutes. Discard cinnamon stick and bay leaf. Serve.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups dry mix and 3 cups cooked pilaf, for 2 servings.

190 calories per serving; in grams protein; 6 grams fat (0.8 gram saturated fat); 36 grams carbohydrate; 275 mg sodium; 0 mg cholesterol; 8 grams fiber.

Busted by Gail Shermeyer <>

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Contributor: Eating Well, July/August 1997

Yield: 2 servings

Preparation Time: 0:00

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