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 ?
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.
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.
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.
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.