#WorldOnAPlate: Lentils for new year

For this month’s edition of cooked in translation we decided to use as a theme new years. The theme is auspicious food for a prosperous new year and I choose lentils. According to traditions, lentils bring money if eaten on the first day of the new year. It probably is because their shape resembles coins.

Lentils (1)

Traditionally they are served with cotechino. A very fatty pork sausage. A bit heavy, but really delicious!!

Took me a while but finally pics are up!!!!

#WorldOnAPlate: Lentils for new year

#WorldOnAPlate: Lentils for new year


  • 1 cup lentils
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • olive oil
  • salt


  1. Warm up olive oil and use it to brown the whole cloves of garlic and the rosemary.
  2. When the garlic is well browned add the lentils and let them cook shortly in the oil.
  3. Add the water and let cook for 20 minutes or so
  4. Add the tomato and salt to taste.
  5. Let the lentils cook until they are done (another 15-30 minutes) adding more water if necessary.
  6. They are best when prepared ahead of time and re-heated.
  7. Serve with cotechino for a perfect Italian New Year's

World on a Plate is a blogging cultural exchange. On the last Sunday of the month, bloggers from all over the world get together to interpret a food through the lens of their home country cooking. Each blogger will produce a wonderful dish featuring the food chosen that is typical of her/his home country and will tell us a bit about the dish.

Check out what to eat for a prosperous new year!

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12 Responses to #WorldOnAPlate: Lentils for new year

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  2. We also had our lenticchie con cotechino on New Year’s Eve! We ordered cotechino from Parmacotto from Amazon this year, because it is so difficult to find.

  3. cakewhiz says:

    happy 2013! it’s always nice to learn how traiditions play a role in the food we eat.
    for us, indians, i think the new year is linked with lots of sweets, some that take hours to make but are so well-worth it…heheh.

  4. I love cultural aspects of food a lot, and how interesting that you eat lentils which resembles coins. We eat sweet potatoes (Japanese ones are yellow) for good luck in money because of gold color and eat beans for health. Thank you for sharing all the wonderful lentil recipes!

  5. No worries, I had my lentils like a good Italian (American) boy… No cotechino this year—only one store carries it around here, and it was all sold out by time I went to look for it.

    And no red underwear, either. That I don’t do!

  6. you know, I can’t manage to make good lentils the Italian way. maybe this post will help 🙂 buon anno!!!

  7. Katerina says:

    Lentils are a must in our house and we eat them in Greece too! I love your lentils and I am very interested in seeing the cotechino! Have a wonderful and joyful New Year Pola!

  8. I love lentils! We stock up on them during the winter months. 🙂

  9. Rita says:

    I just heard about your blog from Kateria in Greece http://culinaryflavors.gr/index.php/2012/12/vasilopita-for-2013/
    I am a foodie and very interested in all kinds of international flavors.

  10. I love lentils and these sound delicious!! Hope you’re having an amazing time in Malaysia 😀 Thanks for another wonderful theme, and Happy New Year!

  11. Tante belle cose per il 2013!

  12. Claudia says:

    A dish I hope to try. Cotechino is hard to find in the Twin Cities. There’s a butcher about 45 minutes away that carries it… here’s hoping. And yes to prosperity in 2013! (And Goodness.)

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