Published in the New Zealand Woman's Weekly, 16 January 1991. A delicious vegetarian flan that appeals to meat eaters and vegetarians alike. This has become a firm family favourite and one the the few recipes that I regularly make.
- 1 cup flour
- 75 g butter, cold
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons water, cold
- 1 cup red lentil
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 sweet potato, medium size (kumara)
- 1 onion, medium
- 2 teaspoons oil
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
- 1⁄2 cup cheese, tasty grated
- Put flour and baking powder into a food processor fitted with metal chopping blade and pulse to combine.
- Add butter and process.
- Add water and process until dough just starts to ball.
- Remove from processor and lightly knead.
- Roll out the dough and use to line a 23cm flan dish.
- Chill while preparing the filling.
- Put lentils and bay leaf into a saucepan.
- Pour in sufficient water to come 2.5cm above the lentils.
- Cook for about 20 minutes, or until soft and all the water has been absorbed.
- Remove bay leaf and set lentils aside.
- Peel and chop sweet potato (kumara) and cook in boiling salted water until tender. Drain and mash.
- Peel and finely chop the onion and saute in oil until the onion becomes clear. Remove from heat.
- Beat the eggs in a small bowl.
- Mix together the eggs, lentils and onion mixture. Add the soy sauce, tomato paste, cumin and salt.
- Spoon mixture into prepared flan dish. Smooth top surface over.
- Bake at 180 degrees C, for 45 minutes until golden and set. Sprinkle cheese over top after baking for 30 minutes.
- Serve hot or cold with salad.
- NB: You can use ready bought Short Crust Pastry.