This Hungarian-style stew is one of the best recipes when you are thinking of cooking green lentils. It is straightforward to make, requires few ingredients, and is ready in a reasonably short time. In addition, it is very healthy because it contains only vegan ingredients.
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1) 1 kg/35 oz of green lentils (le Pui lentils or another type)
2) 200 g/7 oz of carrots
3) 100 g/3.5 oz of red onions
4) some salt or salt red pepper paste to taste
5) 50 ml/2 fl oz of sunflower oil
6) 400 g/14 oz of canned chopped tomatoes
7) 2-3 tbsp of all-purpose flour or cornstarch
8) some ground black pepper or hot chili pepper powder
9) 2-3 tsp of garlic powder (5-6 garlic cloves, crushed or grated)
10) some sour cream for serving (optional)
1) place green lentils in cold water overnight to soften (recommended)
2) add more water to the pot if needed, then peel carrots, slice them, and add the slices to the pot
3) peel red onions, chop them small, and add the pieces to the pot
4) season with some salt to taste or with salted red pepper paste
5) pour a little oil and mix ingredients
6) place the pot on the stove over a medium temperature and boil the ingredients for about 15-20 minutes
7) open the can and add tomatoes to the pot, then sprinkle some flour or cornstarch to thicken the stew
8) add ground pepper or chili pepper, Provence spices, and garlic to the pot
9) mix ingredients, reduce temperature, and simmer them until the sauce is low and the lentils very soft (15-20 minutes)
10) top the green lentils stew with some sour cream on the plate (optional)
“The lentil (Lens culinaris or Lens esculenta) is an edible legume. It is an annual plant known for its lens-shaped seeds. It is about 40 cm (16 in) tall, and the seeds grow in pods, usually with two seeds in each.[…]
Le Puy green lentil is a small, mottled, slate-gray/green lentil of the Lens esculenta puyensis (or L. culinaris puyensis) variety. In the US, this type of lentils may be grown and sold as French green lentils or Puy lentils.[…]”
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“There are many different varieties of lentils, but brown, green, yellow, and red, as well as Puy and Beluga, are the most widely consumed.
Lentils are often overlooked, even though they’re an inexpensive way of getting a wide range of nutrients.[…]”
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Cooking green lentils is one of my favorite activities in the kitchen. Whether it’s red, green or orange, I really like lentils, so I often cook recipes that include lentils as a main or secondary ingredient.
In general, cooking green lentils is very easy. This recipe is no exception and is therefore also recommended for novice home chefs.
In Europe, green lentils are served especially in the cold season, when people need more nutritious food. Cooking green lentils is a natural option in Europe and North America, as lentils allow you to make cheap and very nutritious foods throughout the fall and winter.
The flavors in this lentil recipe are a mix of French and Hungarian spices and flavors. Green lentils are not as popular as dried beans in Hungary, however, there are recipes available with lentils, very similar to the one distributed on this website.
As mentioned above, the use of cream is completely optional, but I recommend topping the food with heavy cream because it makes the food creamier and more delicious!
Enjoy cooking green lentils!
Enjoy cooking green lentils from scratch!