I’m new to cooking with saffron but just have to say, whatever ridiculous price Whole Foods overcharged me for a pinch of saffron -it was worth it- and I’m going back for more.
With the exception of one serving spared for my new husband, I ate the entire pot in a matter of 3 days. Man did that get my digestion back on track after 3 weeks of traveling. I almost feel like I hoarded it to myself but in my defense the hubs went out of town for work for a night and well, by the time he got back it was too late. Sorry, husband.
What I love most? This stew was fully cooked and full of flavor in under an hour. Under an hour! The orange veggies add the perfect amount of sweet to balance the spice without a pinch of added sugar. It’s certainly going onto our rotating list of favorites and next time I’m doubling the batch so we have extra for freezing and maybe an extra bowl for the hubs.
- 1 cup green lentils, heaping
- 4 cups (32 ounces) vegetable broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 yellow onion, cut in half
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
- 1 bay leaf
- pinch of saffron
- 1/2 teaspoon tumeric
- sea salt, to taste
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 medium or 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
- 1 extra large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch chunks
- 2 medium, vine-ripened tomatoes, food processed or blended until mostly smooth
- freshly ground pepper
- 4-5 fistfuls baby spinach, washed
Combine the lentils, vegetable broth, water, onion, garlic cloves and bay leaf in a large soup pot or Dutch oven and bring to a boil. Rub saffron between your fingers and add to the pot, along with the turmeric. Stir, reduce the heat, add salt to taste, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, add the remaining ingredients except the spinach. Return to a simmer, cover and simmer an additional 25-30 minutes, until the lentils and vegetables are tender. Remove the onion, garlic cloves and bay leaf and salt/pepper to taste. Stir the spinach into the hot stew a 5-7 minutes before serving to allow it to wilt.
Saffron – suggestions for finding it for a reasonable price?