Vegetarian Sweet and Sour Lentils


3 cups water
1 cup lentils
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 cups cooked rice


Place water and lentils into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover pan and simmer lentils on low heat until tender but still firm, about 25 minutes. Drain, reserving ½ cup liquid. Sauté garlic, onion, green pepper, cumin and chili powder in olive oil for just a few minutes. Add tomato sauce, vinegar, honey and reserved lentil liquid. Stir well. Pour into pan with lentils and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve over rice topped with a dollop of plain yogurt. Serves 4.

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