Lentil Recipes

Forget the worthy association many people have with lentils: in fact, this pulse is packed with nutritional benefit and is a wonderful accompaniment to many other ingredients, as it absorbs flavours in cooking and complements just about everything from fish to goat's cheese.

 
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Middle Eastern Tabbouleh SaladServes 6-8 as a side salad

Middle Eastern Tabbouleh Salad

This Middle Eastern salad is so pretty and summery, and if you have mint in the garden that is growing as wild as a jungle – as mine does – it's a wonderful way to use some of it!

 
 
Seared Salmon Fillets with Puy Lentil SalsaServes 4

Seared Salmon Fillets with Puy Lentil Salsa

This is a wonderful way to cook salmon: easy and quick, giving a golden crusted outside whilst staying beautifully moist within. The lentil salsa is best made a few hours ahead to give all the flavours a chance to develop.

 
 
Chinese Stir-fried RiceServes 4

Chinese Stir-fried Rice

The most important point to remember if you want to fry rice successfully is that it must be cooked but cold, so you must cook the rice ahead and then allow it to cool completely. I have used authentic Chinese ingredients here

 
 
Grilled Chicken with Lemon, Garlic and Rosemary, served with Puy LentilsServes 2

Grilled Chicken with Lemon, Garlic and Rosemary, served with Puy Lentils

This lovely recipe is ideal for a midweek supper - and if you arrive home late, you can always marinated it the night before to speed things up.

 
 
Egg and Lentil Curry with Coconut and Pickled LimeServes 2

Egg and Lentil Curry with Coconut and Pickled Lime

This is one of my very favourite storecupboard recipes. If you always keep a stock of spices and lentils handy and a pack of creamed coconut stashed away in the fridge, you can whip this one up in no time at all. It also happens to be inexpensive and

 
 
Haricot and Lentil ChilliServes 4

Haricot and Lentil Chilli

Whether you're a vegetarian or not, some meals without meat will eventually become a necessity - but that does not mean they can't be just as good, as this proves.

 
 
Mashed Black-eyed Beancakes with Ginger Onion MarmaladeServes 4

Mashed Black-eyed Beancakes with Ginger Onion Marmalade

Black-eyed beans are the lovely nutty beans that are popular in recipes from the deep south of America and, with the addition of other vegetables, they make very good beancakes.

 
 
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