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any suggestions for what to make with puy and/or green lentils?

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yoink Sun 04-Sep-16 16:20:43

I've never cooked with them before so I'm not really sure what to do.

Maybe some kind of warm salad? Or what else could I do?

OrlandaFuriosa Sun 04-Sep-16 16:28:12

Oooh, yum

1 salad, with feta and halved cherry tomatoes

2 as a bed for poached salmon,

3 with garlic and boiled spinach as a base for a poached egg

4 with garlic, onion as a veg to go with anything

yoink Sun 04-Sep-16 16:30:17

I hadn't thought of using them as a side like that. So are they easy enough to cook without turning to mush? I've only ever cooked red/moong lentils that go mushy for dahl and soup and stuff.

CatherineDeB Sun 04-Sep-16 16:31:31

Curry, soup with ham.

thenightmanageress Sun 04-Sep-16 16:36:24

Sea bass fillet baked with orange juice, mustard and honey. Put it on a bed of puy lentils with watercress on side and add a drizzle more of the sauce
My favourite meal right now!

PartiallyStars Sun 04-Sep-16 16:42:14

I keep trying to make this salad with lentils, pak choi and prawns but never have all the ingredients at the same time!

RhinestoneCowgirl Sun 04-Sep-16 16:43:50

Puy lentils hold their shape when cooked (as long as you don't over do it!)

I like to do puy lentils with dressing of olive oil and lemon juice, chuck a bit of finely chopped garlic and onion, plus a bit of black pepper and salt. If I've got it some roast butternut squash and some goats cheese combine well...

fuckweasel Sun 04-Sep-16 17:47:44 This is amazing. I added a little bit of chopped red chili.

IHaveBrilloHair Sun 04-Sep-16 17:51:05

They work really well as a replacement for meat in mince dishes, they won't fool anyone into thinking they are meat but are delicious, we're not vegetarian either, just like something different occasionally.

yoink Mon 05-Sep-16 07:55:54

Ooh lovely, thank you! flowers

Squeegle Mon 05-Sep-16 08:00:05

This vegetarian moussaka uses out lentils and is totally delicious. It's actually from a Mary Berry book from before she was so famous!

RiverTam Mon 05-Sep-16 08:00:54

Agree with Brillo, they're good for veggie spag Bol or veggie chilli.

TheCrowFromBelow Mon 05-Sep-16 08:02:13

Green lentil moussaka is lovely, also try mejadra

lostinyonkers Mon 05-Sep-16 08:06:52

Jamie Oliver's salsicce con lenticche or summat - lentils with tomato salsa and sausages - lovely.

StarJumpAlertTakeCover Mon 05-Sep-16 08:38:18

This is delicious as a side salad or even to eat on its own....

Chop up some red onion, sun dried tomatoes and plenty of fresh coriander
Soft chilli from a jar (to taste)
Add some cubes of feta ( I like the ones in a jar of olive oil with herbs for convenience and flavour and they hold their shape )
Olive oil ( better still use some oil from tomatoes or feta jar)
Mix together gently.
Keeps in fridge for several days in airtight container so you can dig in, or make it in advance for a's better after a few hours to allow flavours to develop.

Green /puy lentils need about 20 mins just boil with water, strain in the sieve and drain well. Wash under tap with cold water...

I love the tinned lentils you buy in France. You can't easily get them here.
The tinned green lentils available in our supermarkets aren't nearly so good. It's worth boiling your own and very easy to do.


Statelychangers Mon 05-Sep-16 10:36:20

Serve with beetroot, goats cheese and rocket
Make a stew with sausages
Mix with feta as a puff pastry pie filling
Roasted veg & a tart soft cheese

FlopIsMyParentingGuru Mon 05-Sep-16 11:02:16

I love using them to bulk up home made soup.

Statelychangers Mon 05-Sep-16 12:27:31

Star Jump - Merchant gourmet does ready made puy lentils in a pouch.

CatherineDeB Mon 05-Sep-16 16:09:59

I buy the merchant gourmet ones for camping Stately, have you tried the ones with Sundried tomato? We all really hated them, really strong and slightly odd flavour. Bit disappointing when you are starving and your food stash is running low because you are about to go home sad.

CatherineDeB Mon 05-Sep-16 16:10:26

Must add that the normal MG ones are lovely.

OliviaStabler Mon 05-Sep-16 17:30:01

Waitrose sell the Merchant Gourmet dried puy lentils if you have one near you.

mixety Mon 05-Sep-16 18:01:55

I love them as the base for a warm salad with goats cheese and crispy bacon crumbled in. Rocket too, and walnuts if you fancy.

siblingrevelryagain Mon 05-Sep-16 21:07:02

The vegetarian bolognese on Eat well for less recently is lovely-I did it with green lentils (Google should find it straight away)

Littlemessymiss Tue 06-Sep-16 09:02:04

This is pretty good:

The Italians do a nice version with a holy trinity (celery, onion, carrot) with added pancetta, lemon, garlic, mint, parsley and wine.

So good- I may cook it for supper!

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