Crispy Beef And Lentil Bowl

This is a perfect Buddha bowl to me. I mean seriously, what’s not to love about flavorful, crispy beef and lentils?  Truth be told, I can’t claim credit for this incredibly wonderful bowl, but I had to share it, because I absolutely adore it. This recipe is lightly adapted from a new cookbook called, Flavors of the Sun, by Christine Sahadi Whelan.

This amazing book was given to me by my brother and sister-in-law, who live just a stone’s throw from the world-famous Middle Eastern grocery store, Sahadi’s on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. Right before we moved to the Bay Area we were living just a few blacks away from this Cobble Hill favorite and I’ll be honest, I miss it as much, if not more, than New York bagels.

crispy beef and lentils

The Sahadi Family

Originally from Lebanon, the Sahadi family first established Sahadi’s in Manhattan’s “Little Syria” in 1895. Shortly after, in 1899, the shop received its first mention in the New York Times. Wade Sahadi moved the flagship shop to Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn in 1948, due to the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and the migration of the community.

Wade’s son Charlie Sahadi took over the family business in 1967, with the help of his wife Audrey and his siblings Bob & Richie. Today, it’s currently helmed by Charlie’s children, Ron Sahadi and Christine Sahadi Whelan, and her husband Pat Whelan.

crispy beef and lentils

Sahadi’s offers fine ancient grains and exceptional spices, with over 200 bulk bins of freshly roasted nuts, perfectly dried fruits, and imported olives. Old-fashioned wooden barrels are filled to the brim with flavorful coffee beans of all varieties. The entire store is a gem of a place filled with incredible aromas from wall to wall that overflow onto Brooklyn’s sidewalks.  As it’s been said, Sahadi’s is “an old-world place where you can discover new tastes“.

crispy beef and lentils

This crispy beef and lentils dish is a fine example of all the many wonderful flavors and Middle Eastern ingredients Sahadi’s not only sells but has popularized, making these ancient spices more readily available to those in the states. This is a lovely, hearty meal I have fallen quickly in love with that allows for lots of flexibility in preparation. Adapt to your heart’s content, you truly can’t go wrong. I love to serve this with homemade zaatar bread (recipe soon to follow), but you don’t have to go all out to enjoy this wonderful easy meal all by itself.

About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

2 thoughts on "Crispy Beef And Lentil Bowl"

  1. Patrícia says:

    OMG!! This recipe looks really amazing. I”m sure all my family will love this. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you Patricia for the lovely comment. This is such a delicious dish I could make, eat and repeat without getting tired of it. I hope you make it and enjoy. Happy cooking!

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