For the many of you who don’t know this vegetable, or may have seen it and you are not sure what it is or how to eat it, i will show you a very quick and easy recipe with lentils!
First i will start by introducing colocasia (as we call it in Lebanese arabic قلقاس), it’s a starchy root vegetable originating in Asia.
When cooked, it has a slightly sweet taste and a texture similar to potato. An excellent source of dietary fibers, rich in vitamin B6, E, C and thiamin, it has also manganese (22%), potassium (14%), copper (10%) and magnesium (8%). The most important health benefits of colocasia includes:
- controls blood sugar and improves blood circulation
- improves vision
- improves digestive health
- boosts immune system
- reduces fatigue
- has anti cancer properties
- encourage weight loss
- encourage skin health, i Hawaii they use colocasia root paste to heal wounds, it helps to cure faster than other home remedies!
Back to my foolproof recipe you will need (yields 4 servings as main dish)
- 800g colocasia, peeled and cut in small to medium cubes, you can use also frozen if you don’t have fresh (same taste goodness).
- 2 cups of boiled lentils
- 1 medium onion coarsely chopped
- 2-3 garlic cloves (medium mince)
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- juice of 1-2 lemons, depending on your taste
- handful fresh mint, fine chopped
- salt to taste
You start by cooking the onion and garlic in olive oil, until tender and fragrant. Add the chopped colocasia and mix. Pour 4 cups of water and boil until you see the first bubble appear then add the lemon juice and lentils. (knowing that lentils are already boiled separate). Cook on a medium flame until colocasia is well done and the water thickens. Add the mint and let them all simmer together for another five minutes on a low flame.
Serve it as a main dish or a starter soup! Personally i enjoy it as a main dish.
If you are vegetarian, vegan or simply abstaining meat during the lent, i am sure you will love it! Bon appetit!