Rinse and drain lentils. Add lentils along with onion, celery, carrots, cabbage, garlic, parsley, bay leaf, thyme to your slow cooker.
Cut excess ham away from bone and save for later.
Add ham bone and 7 cups of broth to slow cooker. Stir to combine, cover and cook on low for about 7 hours, stirring once or twice.
While soup is cooking, coursely chop or shred ham. Cover and refrigerate until soup is ready.
Remove ham bone and bay leaf from soup. Adjust consistency with the additional cup of broth. Stir in chopped ham and white vinegar. Cover and allow to cook for 5-10 more minutes to warm ham. Add a generous sprinkle of fresh dill and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and more fresh dill.
a smoked pork hock will work in place of a meaty ham bone.
for a vegetarian/vegan option, use vegetable broth and omit the ham and sour cream.
Combine rice and lentils in a medium bowl, rinse and drain. Cover by 2-3 inches of water and allow to soak overnight. Drain well and scoop into food processor. Add garlic, ginger, salt and pepper and puree until a coarse paste. Add peas and pulse 2-3 times to break apart slightly. Scoop mixture into a medium bowl and stir in chopped herbs, scallions and spinach.
Heat a medium non stick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tbsp olive oil. Form 1/3 cup of batter into an approximate 3" pattie that is 1/4-1/2" thick. Sauté for 4-5 minutes per side until golden and cooked through. Repeat with remaining oil and batter. Serve immediately with Cucumber Raita.
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, adjust salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.