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What would you do with red lentils?

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TFSRM Wed 22-Jan-20 20:49:45

I realised today I have 4 packets of red lentils in the cupboard. Anyone got any good recipes to help me use them up?

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dellacucina Wed 22-Jan-20 20:50:50

Lentil Bolognese

Add to soups for extra thickening/nutrition

Dal

fedup2017 Wed 22-Jan-20 20:53:37

this veggiedesserts.co.uk/red-lentil-dahl/ its lovely!

Lordfrontpaw Wed 22-Jan-20 20:55:26

Dahl or lentil soup

hadwebutworldenoughandtime Wed 22-Jan-20 21:07:15

I think they are really good in a tomato based soup with smoked paprika, red pepper and rice.

TFSRM Wed 22-Jan-20 21:08:55

I love lentil soup but I eat loads of it anyway. Lentil bolognese sounds good, I'll definitely try that. The curry also looks yummy, thanks.

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NotYourHun Wed 22-Jan-20 21:14:50

Chorizo, lentil, red pepper stew. Tbh I do a different version of this every time I make it with various additions - spinach, tomatoes, courgettes etc. Depending what needs using up. Just serve with a bit of crusty bread!

TheHagOnTheHill Wed 22-Jan-20 21:17:31

I think the red ones are a bit soft for bolognaise.They tend to disintegrate.
Great for soup and thickening.

paddingtonbearsmarmalade Wed 22-Jan-20 21:19:51

My mum makes a version of lentil bolognese (we just call it lentil sauce!) that is divine and I’m yet to meet anyone who hasn’t liked it - even my veg-scared DP loves it.

Olive oil (about 1.5 tbsp)
1 large brown onion
Garlic (I use about 4-5 pieces but it depends how much you like garlic)
225g red lentils
1 400g tin chopped tomatoes
Splash red wine
1/2 tsp oregano or mixed herbs
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Fry onion in oil till starting to soften. Add garlic, fry till fragrant/1-2 mins. Add chopped tomatoes, red lentils, wine, herbs, cinnamon & then rinse tomato can and fill with water - add to the mix. Add about another half can of water. Leave to simmer on low heat for 35-45 mins. Stir frequently. When lentils are soft and it’s a thick sauce rather than watery, add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with an abundance of pasta and Parmesan (also tastes lovely with mature cheddar).

Tartyflette Wed 22-Jan-20 21:19:57

Make some dahl and spinach curry. Serve with rice or roti and kachumber chopped salad. Or yoghurt.
Warning the dahl and spinach needs a substantial amount of butter, Or ghee or oil fried with onions, garlic and chilli to make it extra delicious.

jenthehen Wed 22-Jan-20 21:20:29

I do a roasted butternut squash, sweet potato and chilli (flakes) soup with red lentils.

TFSRM Wed 22-Jan-20 21:21:55

Oh my @paddingtonbearsmarmalade that sounds delicious. I'm definitely trying that.

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RainbowMum11 Wed 22-Jan-20 21:24:17

I add them to bolognaise/chilli/cottage pie.

Soup? Curry?

ByAppointmentTo Wed 22-Jan-20 21:28:21

Vegetable Shabaka

orangina Wed 22-Jan-20 21:30:38

this sounds absolutely delicious....

ElderAve Wed 22-Jan-20 21:32:07

Dal and lentil soup are my favourites but I add them to any casserole type things that need thickening up - particularly good when something in the slow cooker is a bit watery

snappycamper Wed 22-Jan-20 21:32:56

I make dahl, and also this soup is gorgeous:

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/spiced-carrot-lentil-soup

Cyberworrier Wed 22-Jan-20 21:39:52

I was going to say lentil bolognese but beaten to it! Lentil and veg soup another classic and very tasty and healthy. Grate 3 carrots, finely dice two/three big potatoes and two/three leeks, cook in stock with a cup of red lentils. Add loads of parsley and lots of salt and pepper. ‘‘Tis delicious, easy and healthy.

Passthecake30 Wed 22-Jan-20 21:44:20

Sausage casserole. Sausages and mixed beans, tinned toms, onion, pepper, peas, sweetcorn, celery, a good handful of lentils.

Passthecake30 Wed 22-Jan-20 21:45:00

Plus paprika and chilli powder.

ScribblingMilly Wed 22-Jan-20 21:45:41

My DP does an amazing dhansak - he does a chicken one like this but also uses leftover lamb with spinach
www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/chicken_dhansak_curry_98040

RhythimIsRhythim Wed 22-Jan-20 21:51:56

Shepherd pie.

Fry finely diced onion, red pepper and carrot til soft. Add red lentils, veggie stock and tinned tomatoes and simmer. Stir through sweetcorn and crumbled blue cheese. Turn into a dish, top with mashed potato (or mix of potato and sweet potato). Top with either more crumbled blue cheese or grated cheddar. Hot oven til top is bubbling.

FabulouslyElegantTits Wed 22-Jan-20 21:52:32

Mmmm, I need some cheesy lentil wedges now 👍🏻

Sauté onion in butter, add lentils and some stock, when it's nearly absorbed, season add mix herbs, whisk an egg in and a ruck of strong cheddar.

Top with more cheddar and bake

CheddarGorgeous Thu 23-Jan-20 06:05:30

I make a lentil bake. Onion, garlic, shredded carrots, mushroom spinach, equal amounts of lentils and rice, cook everything, mix in with egg and cheese, bake.

PS a tip - if you soak the lentils first, throw away the water and then cook they don't make you fart as much grin

MrsRedFly Thu 23-Jan-20 17:24:00

I make dahl - www.tinnedtomatoes.com/2013/10/spinach-and-coconut-dal.html
Also sweet potato spinach dahl

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