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A recipe that originated in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The combination of flavors was so intriguing that I knew I had to try it. It would never have occurred to me to cook lentils with bananas and mangoes and yet it was delicious.
Place the lentils and the water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, covered for 20-30 minutes or until the lentils are just tender. (If it gets too dry and you need to add more water, use hot water). Drain the lentils and reserve the cooking liquid.
In a large saucepan, saute the bacon in 1 tablespoon of the oil over a medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the soy chorizo and cook for 5 minutes. Add the onions and garlic and cook for 3 minutes more.
Add the cooked lentils, half the mango, the plantain or banana and the salt and pepper. Cook, covered, over a low heat for 10 minutes. Add two cups of the reserved lentil cooking liquid and the green onions and cook for 20 minutes more.
While the lentils are cooking, heat the second tablespoon of oil in a skillet over a medium heat. Saute the soy sausage in the oil turning them so that they brown all around.
Remove the sausages from the pan and slice into 1/2 inch rounds. Add the sausages and the remaining mango to the lentils and and cook for 5 minutes more.
This should not be soupy but more of a stew consistency. If needed, simmer a bit longer to cook off any excess liquid.
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