This recipe is undoing everything that is. It is one mass substitution and I'm not sure it worked. It is making Kibbee (which is a Middle Eastern Raw Lamb Dish) vegetarian, substituting red lentils for lamb. And it is making Kibbee, which is traditionally made with bulgar wheat, gluten free by making it with quinoa.
The RED LENTILS work, the QUINOA really doesn't in this recipe. I recommend if you can eat wheat to stick with the bulgar wheat, but if you can't, go for the quinoa. The last time I made this recipe was about 6 years ago before I knew that Spencer had wheat sensitivities. I haven't made it since, and I decided to make it today wheat free only to get the response from Spencer that the texture was really weird and he just couldn't eat it.
I'm not even sure what to call this, but the bulgar version has been called PARVE KEBBE NEYE by a group of woman in Brooklyn. The quinoa version needs its own name. IF YOU ARE VEGAN, you may really enjoy this recipe.
1 and 1/2 cups red lentils
3 cups bulgar wheat or quinoa (prepared according to directions on product)
3 onions, chopped finely (can use food processor)
1/2 bunch curly parsley
1 large red pepper
1 large green pepper
3 fresh tomatoes
Crushed dry red pepper
1 can tomato paste
1/2-3/4 cup olive oil
salt to taste
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