Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr
I've tried for ages to find a recipe that actually makes lentils taste GOOD. (I'm a vegetarian and eat lots, but am really not that fussed by how they actually taste). This recipe came from Channel 4's show "Come Dine with Me" in the UK.
- 1 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried coriander
- 180 g lentils (I use red lentils)
- 1 1⁄2 pints vegetable stock
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons mango chutney
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 egg
- Start by chopping up the onion and crushing the garlic. (This doesn't need to be done really thoroughly, as it's going in the food mixer later).
- Fry the onion and garlic in the oil. (The recipe said 1 tablespoon, but I've always used a bit more).
- Once the onion becomes translucent, add the spices and fry them for a little bit too.
- Add 180g of lentils, and the vegetable stock, and sprinkle some salt and pepper if desired.
- Leave the lentils to stew for about 20 minutes over a moderate heat until practically all the liquid is absorbed.
- Take the lentils off the heat and strain them, transferring into a food mixer.
- Add the mango chutney, the egg and the milk, and then blend until making a smooth paste.
- Pour into a lined loaf tin (about 3 inches by 8) and transfer to the oven for 40 minutes at 200 degrees C (Gas mark 6).
- Once removed for 20 minutes, turn out onto a wire rack (but leaf the baking paper stuck around to hold it together. Chill for a few hours and then serve with salad, pitta and more mango chutney.
This was good, but it didn't "trick" me into thinking I was eating meat, it tasted like lentils and had the texture of lentils. But then again, I like lentils!