red lentils

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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kacy75kacy75 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
Ive decided to try and get my family to eat better and the last time I went shopping bought red lentils, only I have no idea what to do with them, Ive thought about doing a simple soup anyone got any recipes for that. When do u use lentils. Hope you can help especially if you have any war time recipes. Im trying to spend much less on food because we waste so much and have found some of the wartime recipes are a great wasy of making something out of nothing when your due to go shopping and your cupboards are empty.
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  • squeakysqueaky Forumite
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    One of the best sites I've found for soups is:-

    https://www.soupsong.com

    Your red lentils will work well in a fair number of soups and will often break down and act as a thickener.

    There's a carrot and lentil soup, and also a lentil soup listed in the Starters and Soups section of our main recipe collection:-

    Old Style Recipe Collection - Soups
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  • frakfrak Forumite
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    red lentils are great for a quck dhal if you like curry.
    I like to make sweet potato and red lentil curry. but you can add any veg in you like really or just make it with the lentils, really quick and easy and very cheap and healty. freezes well too

    1 medium onion sliced
    2 cloves of garlic
    1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds
    2 teaspoons of turmeric
    1 teaspoon of gram massala
    1 teaspoon of chilli powder (optional)
    250g red lentils
    2 or 3 sweet potatoes peeled and cut into chunks about 1 1/2" square
    kettle of boiling water

    1. heat a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan to a medium heat
    2. Add sliced onions cumin seeds and garlic and allow to brown a little, this gives a more authentic taste.
    3. add turmeric and chilli powder and stir round for a few seconds
    4. Add washed red lentils and stir throughly
    5. Transfer to a big pan and add sweet potatoes.
    6. top the pan up with boiling water so everything is just covered.
    7. cover and simmer for about 30 -40 minutes topping water up when it gets to dry, you want a consistency that is like porrdige when it is done.
    8. add garam massala after 15 minutes of cooking.

    serve with nan, sliced onions and natural yoghurt
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  • Ajax18Ajax18 Forumite
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    You can also do a nice vegetarian sheperds pie

    http://www.fatfreevegan.com/beans/shepherds.shtml


    It really tastes great! It's one of our favourites...
  • kacy75kacy75 Forumite
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    Think I might make the curry tonight it sounds lovely! Also thanks to the other 2 suggestions will check out the soup site now. Thanks
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  • frakfrak Forumite
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    forgot to add if it gets a bit sticky in the frying pan just add a little water from the kettle, you don't want to burn the spices. Water is healthier than oil ;)
    Also when you transfer the lentils etc to the big pan pour some water in the frying pan to get any of the residue off and then pour that in to the big pan, dont want to waste any of the flavour
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  • PrudentPrudent Forumite
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    Ajax18 wrote:
    You can also do a nice vegetarian sheperds pie

    http://www.fatfreevegan.com/beans/shepherds.shtml


    It really tastes great! It's one of our favourites...

    This looks nice. I am going to make it for my daughter who has just stopped eating meat. please can you tell me what you use for the vegetable broth in the topping?
  • bulchybulchy Forumite
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    I usually put lentils in carrot and coriander soup, to thicken and make it a bit healthier.
    I dont measure any ingredients, but its usually a cup of lentils, once cooked add a red onion chopped and some roughly chopped carrots, simmer gently for about three quaters of an hour, then add chopped coriander and pepper to taste, simmer for a futher 15 minutes. Then allow to cool for a bit and blend either with a stick blender or in a smoothie maker. Delicious, my kids love this.
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  • bulchybulchy Forumite
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    I'm going to try the shepherds pie next week, it sounds lovely.
    Sue
  • SusanCarterSusanCarter Forumite
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    When you make a curry or spag bol or similar, put in less mince and throw in a load of lentils instead.
  • Ajax18Ajax18 Forumite
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    Prudent wrote:
    This looks nice. I am going to make it for my daughter who has just stopped eating meat. please can you tell me what you use for the vegetable broth in the topping?

    I usually use 1 1/2 teaspoons of vegetable bouillon with hot water from the kettle. But one vegetable stock cube will do as well.
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