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Lentils for vegetarian cottage pie

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FL59 Fri 08-May-20 21:00:43

The recipe I found says to use tinned Puy lentils but I haven't been able to find any anywhere. What can I use as an alternative?

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TheBoots Fri 08-May-20 21:02:31

Green or brown lentils I think might work

ifeellikeanidiot Fri 08-May-20 21:03:43

Green lentils are best IMO

FL59 Fri 08-May-20 21:18:07

Do you use dry green lentils or tinned? If dry, how long do they need to be cooked for ?

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cdtaylornats Fri 08-May-20 22:09:13

Puy lentils are just green lentils from Puy in France.

Lordfrontpaw Fri 08-May-20 22:12:11

Even those orange ones are ok. They do mush down to nothing though.

IHaveBrilloHair Sat 09-May-20 06:51:55

I usually use tinned green, but that's because Im lazy!
If you buy them dried they'll need to be soaked and cooked, I cant remember the exact timings but it should be on the pack, or a quick google with bring it up.

Ginfordinner Sat 09-May-20 06:59:27

I buy the Merchant Gourmet ones in sachets. They are available in all the major supermarkets.

ArriettyJones Sat 09-May-20 07:03:47

Get dried Puy lentils and soak them first, or any dark lentils. Ideally black/brown, but green nearly as good and orange if desperate.

The point of the darker varieties, especially puy, is that they are firmer and nuttier.

tawnygrisettes Sat 09-May-20 07:06:22

You don't need to soak dried lentils, just boil/simmer for about 30 mins from dried. It usually tells you this on the packet :-)

I personally love green ones because they have a bit of bite and retain their shape and texture better, but honestly any will do.

FredaFrogspawn Sat 09-May-20 07:09:20

The dry ones are cheaper at Asian or African food shops. And good for nutrient-rich sprouting too.

IHaveBrilloHair Sat 09-May-20 07:44:52

I don't think the orange ones work at all in a veggie shepherd's pie, they are far too soft.
I use them for soups and dahl.
The green or brown ones hold up and have a much better texture for this.

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