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travellingwilbury Tue 04-Nov-08 12:15:55

I always like bean stews etc but I hardly ever use beans / lentils in my cooking .

I think they scare me slightly as I am not used to using them but I do buy them . I have many a lentil and bean in my cupboard just waiting to be made into something delicious but don't know where to start .

Can anyone give me some recipes to try out please ?

JackieNo Tue 04-Nov-08 12:18:42

Here's a thread with one on that looks good, and easy. (or is that what prompted you to start this thread?grin)

travellingwilbury Tue 04-Nov-08 12:22:24

NO I hadn't seen that one

Thank you grin

HuwEdwards Tue 04-Nov-08 12:23:33

Lentil Lasagne

500g red lentils (dry, not tinned)
1.5l veg stock
4 onions
6 cloves garlic
2 x 440g tins chopped toms
4 tblsp tom puree
2 tspns dried basil & 2 tspns dried oregano-

• Add lentils to hot stock, bring to boil and simmer for 10-15 mins until almost all liquid is absorbed (you need a sloppy not dry mix).
• Gently fry onions and garlic until soft, then add lentil mix
Add tomatoes, tom puree and herbs then cook for approx 15mins until lentils mushy.
• Layer up with cheese sauce and pasta sheets then cook as per instructions on pasta packet!

For cheese sauce: 2 pints milk, 50g plain flour, 50g butter, ½ tspn milk mustard and ‘loadsa’ cheese (mature cheddar and parmesan) to taste.

This will feed about 6

travellingwilbury Tue 04-Nov-08 12:24:28

That looks lovely , that can be my first lentil experience .

I do a sausage and bean stew which is good but thats about it

HuwEdwards Tue 04-Nov-08 12:26:14

Lentil Curry


180g/6oz dried red lentils, washed in cold water
2 large onions
4 garlic cloves
5cm/2” ginger root
1 tspn chilli powder
2 tspns ground cumin
2 tspns ground coriander
2 tspns paprika
750ml vegetable stock
440g tin chopped tomatoes
100ml/4 fl oz coconut milk
Sunflower oil for frying

• Whizz onion, garlic chillies (if using fresh) and ginger in food processor
• Heat oil in large, deep pan and gently fry contents of food processor for approx 3 mins.
• Add spices to pan and gently fry for a further minute.
• Add lentils, chopped tomatoes and stock and cook for 15-30mins until lentils are cooked.
• Stir in coconut milk and serve.

Dead easy and my kids LOVE this with Naan bread.

HuwEdwards Tue 04-Nov-08 12:27:13

I'm not veggie, but am a recent Lentil convert smile

JackieNo Tue 04-Nov-08 12:29:58

That reminds me Huw - I've made this Chicken and red lentil curry a few times before - it's delicious. I like it with spinach stirred in near the end.

Cies Tue 04-Nov-08 12:32:35

This Spanish style lentil recipe is really easy to make and tasty. I usually make up a big batch and freeze it for later use.

travellingwilbury Tue 04-Nov-08 12:32:55

Thank you to both of you

I am not veggie either but I am very bored with all my old recipes so thought I would give the bean and lentil thing a go

Also seems to work out much cheaper which is always a god thing .

I do love a curry grin

Lucewheel Tue 04-Nov-08 12:36:18

Chilli Bean Soup

1 Tablespoon Oil
1 Large Onion, chopped
2 Carrots, diced
425g can Kidney Beans
1 Teaspoon Chilli Powder
225g can Chopped Tomatoes
1 Tablespoon Tomato Puree
1 1/2 pints stock
salt and pepper

Heat oil and saute onion and carrot until soft.
Add kidney beans and chilli powder and cook for 1 minute.
Add tomatoes, puree, stock and seasoning.
Bring to boil reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
Allow to cool slightly and then puree the soup.

CoteDAzur Tue 04-Nov-08 12:38:19

Red lentil soup - boil ~1 glass full of red lentils with 1 potato, 1 onion, 1 carrot. Mix when cooked & add water to taste.

Brown lentil dish - cook ground meat with 1 chopped onion, then add 1 chopped tomato and 1 chopped carrot. Pile cooked lentils on top. Bring to boil then lower heat and let simmer until carrots are soft. Serve with rice.

WhatFreshelleisthis Tue 04-Nov-08 12:41:58

I do a lentil and bacon broth but i always just stick it all in the saucepan so dont know the exact amount sorry! Anyway if it's any good to you -

Red lentils
Any carrots - tinned or fresh
All the old veg you want to use up esp brocolli
2 stock cubes
Tinned tomatoes

Put all in a pan together for about 20 mins. Liquidise when cook and eat with crusty fresh bread smile

NorksDrift Tue 04-Nov-08 12:42:58


travellingwilbury Tue 04-Nov-08 12:46:24

I knew I had come to the right place

Thank you all of you

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