Monday, 9 April 2012

Recipe: Lentils with potato and rocket

This is the recipe for a hearty stew that I found in a book called "Real Food" by Loukie Werle. It is not a vegan or even a vegetarian cookbook, but I do sometimes stick my nose in non-veggo ones in the hope of finding something appropriate. I hit gold with this one, as this stew is so easy to make and so very tasty. Me thinks it will be a firm favourite for winter, especially.

What you will need:
1 tbsp olive oil
2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped (optional)
half tsp chilli flakes
2 cups brown lentils
750g potatoes, cut into 2cm cubes
120g baby rocket leaves
third cup lemon juice
4-5 olives (black or green), stoned and quartered

Combine olive oil, garlic and chilli in a large casserole dish and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Stir frequently. Add lentils, stir and cook for a few minutes.
Add 6 cups of water and bring to boil. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
Add potatoes and cook for another 20 minutes or until lentils and potatoes are tender. Add more water if you need to.
Stir in rocket, lemon juice and olives. Cook for another 5 minutes and then serve.

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