Yummy lentil, split pea and chickpea dishes?

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4TheLoveOfBob Fri 22-Feb-13 11:39:03

I am after ideas for the above.

I can make a basic dahl, lentil curry and chickpea tagine, but need some new recipes.

Tia veggie ones :-)

CheeseStrawWars Fri 22-Feb-13 13:53:21

This is bloody amazing. The recipe looks a bit odd (especially as you don't fry the onion, you boil it with the lentils) but it is just brilliant. I made it on Tuesday and we're having it again tonight!

It says to use a 'dutch oven' but I just used a big saucepan with a lid and it was fine.

BoringSchoolChoiceNickname Fri 22-Feb-13 16:52:02

Khosheri is great - it's an Egyptian rice, lentil and spicy tomato sauce dish spelled a variety of ways, I use the Ottolenghi version

Lafaminute Fri 22-Feb-13 16:53:33

toss your drained chickpeas in a bit of oil, salt and paprika and roast til warmed through....yummy as an alternative to crisps

Xiaoxiong Fri 22-Feb-13 18:03:54

Made lentil soup for lunch - onion, garlic and carrot sautéed, added spices, then 1 part red lentils to 4 parts stock, simmered 45 mins. Served with a dollop of yoghurt and chopped fresh coriander and hot buttered toast for dunking.

Xiaoxiong Fri 22-Feb-13 18:06:21

Oh, forgot to mention the 2 large chopped tomatoes I added just before the lentils.

I just saw you know how to make dhal so this is probably teaching you to suck eggs.

CelticPromise Fri 22-Feb-13 18:27:35

I make a lentil curry that I love and is really low fat. Sweat onions, garlic, ginger. Add whatever spices you like- mostly I have made it with cumin, coriander and chilli. Add a couple of sliced peppers and cook until softening. Then tin of tomatoes, also rinse out the tin and add about half a tin of tomatoey water. Add red lentils and cook until ready. Serve with yoghurt and regular or cauli rice.

Sorry for lack of quantities, I make it up as I go along.

thewhistler Fri 22-Feb-13 18:35:39


Sweat onions, fry carrots and aubergine if you like it, in small chunks.. drain and put in one side. Fry cummin and whole black cardamons and some coriander, add rice until rice shiny and transparent, add water and cook rice until done. Add veg and tin of chickpeas.

Or lentil (green/ puy nicest) cherry tomato and cheese (feta, halloumi, something crumbly) salad. Just mix together.

cleanandclothed Fri 22-Feb-13 21:07:15


This ottolenghi one - much simpler than some of his and tastes fab

4TheLoveOfBob Sat 23-Feb-13 09:52:42

Thanks for all recipes so far...mouth watering!

Aftereightsarenolongermine Sun 24-Feb-13 09:24:36

Sorry to butt in but does anyone have a good chana saag recipe?

I have a lovely Greek lentil recipe called moujentra. Fry onions, add lentils give good mix & add rice. Cook & serve with olive oil, vinegar & plain yoghurt lots of seasoning - much nicer than it sounds!

Thanks for the mejadra recipe. I MUST make it.

Lentil chilli is nice and if you do a search with my name you'll find my recipe. Also my recipe for puy lentil lasagne is on a fairly recent food thread too.

Chickpeas are good in wraps, with spiced butternut squash, onions and spinach. My recipe for that is on a thread somewhere too.

Don't forget lentil soup.


I have a Trinidadian split pea recipe from Madhur J too - can post if anybody wants it. In fact, Madhur J generally does lots of good pulse dishes.

Drladybird Mon 25-Feb-13 10:28:56

We eat a lot of lentils and chickpeas in our household. Actually, I realise that I am a bit of a chickpea fanatic as they always pop up in our dinners. I tend to cook a big batch from dry in my pressure cooker and then like to eat them with a bit of salt when freshly cooked. Anyway, our favourite chickpea recipes include Moroccan carrot and chickpea stew and Turnip and Chickpea Cobbler.

My favourite lentil recipe has to be Lentil Lasagne

Remus I'd be interested in the split pea recipe as I don't really cook with these and would like to try them out...

Monkey, I'm going to try that sweet potato and lentil stew as it sounds delicious!

rootypig Mon 25-Feb-13 10:41:54

Aftereights - sweat onion, garlic, chilli, ginger in some oil and butter til soft. Add garam masala and turmeric and fry til spices are fragrant (add a little oil if you need). Add a cup of veggie stock, tin of tomatoes, and a bag of frozen spinach. Coconut milk or natural yoghurt if you fancy (you could serve with yoghurt on the side). Add chickpeas - either dried (soaked and cooked) or tinned. Or instead of chickpeas, paneer. If no cheese, it will need plenty of salt.

Sorry for lack of quantities, I do it by eye. I think a big pot is roughly 2 onions, 5 cloves garlic, a thumb of fresh ginger, a chilli or two, depending on heat, dessert spoon garam masala, same of turmeric, one bag of frozen spinach (1kg), chickpeas/cheeze/seasoning to taste.

frozen spinach is such good value and soooo nice in curries.

4thelove I love a Nigel Slater sweet potato and chickpea curry - the spice mix is ginger, chilli, lemongrass, fresh coriander - can't find the original recipe (damn) - was in the Guardian, but here it is in a blog

Selks Mon 25-Feb-13 10:46:40

Chickpea, feta and spinach leaf salad
Spicy chickpea burgers
Chickpeas and roasted veg with couscous
Chickpeas also nice in salads.

Aftereightsarenolongermine Mon 25-Feb-13 13:24:14

rootypig thanks its sounds divine will go & get necessary ingredients & enjoy. Yum grin

couldtryharder Mon 25-Feb-13 16:02:33

Fry an onion, add some garlic, pop in some chopped chorizo, then some diced red/yellow/orange peppers, blob of tomato puree. Tin of chickpeas with the liquid, a bay leaf, and two (no more no less) cloves. Wee bit of water or chicken stock to make the level a bit over half way up, simmer til reduced but not all gone. Serve with good crusty bread.

Drladybird Tue 26-Feb-13 08:45:39

Thanks Remus

thereistheball Tue 26-Feb-13 09:13:57

Chickpeas (or butter beans) are delicious in a garlicky tomato stew with chorizo and smoked paprika.

Aftereightsarenolongermine Sat 02-Mar-13 08:09:33

rootypig had your lovely chana sag last night. It was scrumptious grin

KlarkyKat Sat 02-Mar-13 08:39:38

Some great ideas I will be stealing from here!
My kids always enjoy this and its dead easy...

xigris Sat 02-Mar-13 08:57:34

This is a made up recipe but very quick and easy. I use tinned chickpeas as I often take it to work but you could easily substitute soaked chickpeas: I'm rubbish with measurements as well but I'll do my best!

Roughly chop up half a bag of baby spinach
Cut 3 chunky slices of Halloumi into cubes
Drain a tin of chickpeas and tip into a medium saucepan / microwaveable bowl. Add the spinach, Halloumi and a teaspoon (or more / less according to taste) of Patak's curry paste. I like spicy food so I use the vindaloo but I've also used milder versions) Mix well.
Cover the saucepan / bowl and heat on the stove or in the microwave until the spinach has wilted.
It's so yummy and very quick to make. Pretty healthy too!

Laska42 Sat 02-Mar-13 12:15:18

Here's my Aubergine Chickpea and Spinach curry which i posted on the 5:2 recipe thread.. Its had some good reviews from those who have tried it ... its similar to one Nigel Slater has done before, but uses hardly any oil..

Aubergine Chickpea and Spinach curry
serves 4 huge portions at about 200 cals each

1 x 400g tin chickpeas
2 medium aubergines, cut into cubes
2 onions chopped
A couple of sprays of olive oil
2.5cm knob of fresh root ginger, grated
4 cloves of garlic,
1 hot chilli pepper, seeded and chopped (more or less depending on how hot you like it)
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp Turmeric
3 cardamom split
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
225g spinach, chopped roughly
Bunch of fresh coriander chopped
Vegetable stock cube made up to about 400ml

Stir fry the onion in a couple of sprays of oil to brown, adding a little stock if it seems to burn
Add the aubergine cubes and just enough stock to keep them moist,. Add the ginger, garlic chilli, coriander and cumin and stir fry a little taking care not to burn the spices. Add the tomatoes and their juice, the turmeric the cardamom the rinsed chickpeas and the rest of the stock or water Bring to a fast simmer the turn down heat and cook for 25 minutes, or until the aubergine feels soft but is still in cubes. Add the spinach and cook for a further minute or two till the spinach is wilted . Add the chopped coriander ,

Season with salt and pepper, and serve. This is even better made the day before you want to eat it . and good with a dollop of 0% fat yoghurt and some more fresh chopped coriander

rootypig Sat 02-Mar-13 12:15:33

aftereights so glad! I vary it by sometimes using potato (fry with the spices) or paneer x

xigris Sat 02-Mar-13 20:43:56

Laksa that sounds lovely! I'm going to make it next week smile

xigris Sat 02-Mar-13 20:44:40

Sorry, LASKA!

multitaskmama Thu 07-Mar-13 12:45:46

I like to make kidney beans, yellow lentils, brown and red split lentils with spinach which is just divine. I don't normally eat spinach but with these lentils its amazing. The red chilli gives it a wonderful kick

Red Split Lentils with Spinach

mermaidbutmytailfelloff Thu 07-Mar-13 12:50:48

I made the mejadra last night and it was really scrummy. Definately on my list of recipes to do again.

Velve Thu 07-Mar-13 16:23:53

These are all so lovely I want to cry.
I have a high need 6 month old and cooking for more than 10-20 minutes is not possible.
/dramatic sigh
I need a free babysitting service from 5.00-6.00 PM, damn it!

MrsPennyapple Sat 09-Mar-13 11:05:32

I wonder if I could ask a question about chickpeas? I've only had them a few times and so far, am not a fan. They always seem slightly crunchy, it sort of feels to me like they need cooking longer. I have a tin of them lurking in the cupboard but am not sure if there's something I can do to make them a better texture, or if this is just how chickpeas are? Thanks folks.

lolalotta Sat 09-Mar-13 18:33:53

MrsPenny, I have found you have to hunt around until you find a supplier you like! I hate crunchy chickpeas, and even Waitrose tinned chickpeas were crunchy!!! Anyway a few weekends back I even went to the lengths of trying to cook mine from
scratch using dried chickpeas in an attempt to get meltingly soft ones! (it didn't work!)
I did find that the organic chickpeas in Tesco's in the Tetra packs are divine and so soft and lovely (they are on the shelf with the other tinned pulses), do give them a try if you can, I am so pleased to have discovered them! grin

Aftereightsarenolongermine Sun 10-Mar-13 06:53:46

Made a delicious lentil curry last night though I can't claim all the credit as I cobbled together lots or the recipes from here into one.

Fry onions in olive oil & add garam masala, turmeric, ground cumin, ground coriander, frozen ginger, garlic, diced chilli & give a good mix. I sort of sprinkled the spices in & didn't measure any of them.

Add a tinned of tomatoes, then rinse out tin into pan. Add vegetables stock cube I used Kallo organic as that's what I had. Add tin of lentils stir in & cook everything together for a few minutes.

When I tested it I wanted extra ginger & chilli so added that at this point.

It was yum.

idshagphilspencer Sun 10-Mar-13 12:47:12

Thanks for this thread. I have included 2 recipes from here in this weeks mealplan. Will report back grin

MrsPennyapple Sun 10-Mar-13 16:41:18

lolalotta it is indeed a tin of Waitrose chickpeas that's in the cupboard! Good to know it's not just a feature of chickpeas generally. We don't have a tesco nearby, so I might just remain chickpea-free for now.

Selks Sun 10-Mar-13 16:44:20

I always buy the Asian brand tinned chickpeas - KTC and Natco; look in the Asian aisle of supermarkets / Asian shops. Those chickpeas are always plump, soft and lovely. And cheap.

rootypig Sun 10-Mar-13 19:11:36

MrsPenny I like chickpeas mashed with olive oil so you could try that to use up your crunchy ones? cook them for a bit in water first. and I don't salt when cooking as have read it makes them tough.

MrsPennyapple Sun 10-Mar-13 22:48:09

No Asian shops around here unfortunately, not even a Chinese supermarket. I miss living near those kinds of shops, now I have to buy all my herbs and spices in Schwarz jars.

Rooty will try them mashed, thanks. Is there anything other than hummous that uses them pureed?

Selks Sun 10-Mar-13 22:52:19
idshagphilspencer Mon 11-Mar-13 21:34:34

DC's had the sweet potato and chickpea curry tonight and loved it. Frozen my portion fir later in the week. Vegi lentil spag bol for tea tomorrow smile

irregularegular Mon 11-Mar-13 21:43:01

Nigella's veggie chilli is a great, easy, everyday family recipe. I don't bother with the cornbread - just serve with rice.

Recipe is for 10 but it halves easily


Yes, Nigella's chilli is decent - but mine is even better! smile

Hers is dead-easy though and cheap to make too.

LexiLexi Fri 22-Mar-13 11:19:49

MrsPenny and anyone else in search of decent, non-crunchy chickpeas, EastEnd brand are good and are stocked in most supermarkets. Sometimes in larger supermarkets they are not with the other tins but in the dedicated Asian section. They really are worth tracking down though.

MinimalistMommi Sat 08-Jun-13 12:24:41

The ones Loletta mentioned upthread, tescos organic ones in tetra packs are definitely soft and not slightly crunchy.

I found some Napolitana (? I think that's spelt right, the people who do tinned tomatoes) chick peas the other day and they were fab, really big and buttery.

MissSparrow Sat 08-Jun-13 15:40:49

I made a lentil shepherds pie and a lentil moussaka recently - both were really nice!!

I heard that chickpeas make a good alternative to tuna in pasta - does anyone know if it's true?? Tuna mayo pasta is one thing I miss! grin

fashionlover76 Sat 08-Jun-13 17:36:35

This is a lovely summer salad:
Puy lentils (cooked in veg stock), lemon zest and juice, olive oil, finely sliced red onion, chopped cherry tomatoes or sun blush tomatoes, feta, any herbs (parsley, basil etc), chopped baby spinach and a handful of rocket. You can buy the puy lentils ready-cooked in sachets too.

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