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What to cook with lentils

by Jessica Lockyer-Palmer

published on 17 March 2020

From dals to stews, here are 10 creative and non-repetitive ways to get the most out of this store cupboard essential. 

What to cook with lentils | Meera Sodha Gujarati Dal

Gujarati Dal with Peanuts + Star Anise from Fresh India by Meera Sodha

When some classic Indian comfort food wouldn't go amiss, Meera Sodha's Gujarati dal is the answer. Using yellow toor lentils and spices, it provides a warming and substantial meal, particularly when served with fellow store cupboard staple, basmati rice.

Get your copy of Fresh India here.

What to make with lentils | Puy Lentil Bolognese

Aubergine and Puy Lentil Bolognese from Table Manners: The Cookbook by Jessie Ware & Lennie Ware

A great way of bringing together a collection of the ingredients in your cupboards, this vegan-friendly recipe uses puy lentils, tins of chopped tomatoes and and the pasta of your choice. If you don't have aubergine to hand, try switching out for courgette.

Get your copy of Table Manners here.

What to cook with lentils | Squash and Lentil Curry

Squash and Lentil Curry with Thai Gremolata from Eat Green by Melissa Hemsley

A store cupboard superstar that is also friends with your freezer, this recipe is a great one to make in large batches to see you through a good few days.

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What to cook with lentils | Madhur Jaffrey Sabut Masoor

Whole Red Lentils with Cumin and Shallots from Curry Easy Vegetarian by Madhur Jaffrey

When it comes to lentils, in Madhur we trust. This simple red lentil dish uses majority dry ingredients, making it the perfect recipe for a cupboard raid.

Get your copy of Curry Easy Vegetarian here.

What to cook with lentils | Rainbow Lentil Meatballs

Rainbow Lentil Meatballs with Arrabbiata Sauce from There's a Vegan in the House by DK Publishing

Packed with protein, these two-lentil 'meatballs' are a great way to get the kids into eating pulses.

Get your copy of There's a Vegan in the House here.

What to cook with lentils | Ottolenghi Puy Lentil Stew

Puy Lentil and Aubergine Stew from Ottolenghi SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi

When only a stew will do, we're turning to Ottolenghi's puy lentil number served with whatever grain you've got.

Get your copy of Ottolenghi SIMPLE here.

Store Cupboard Lentil Recipe | Hearty Easy Soup


Hearty Red Lentil Soup from Five Ingredients, Ten Minutes by Jules Clancy

Perfect for a substantial lunch, keep a vat of this soup in the fridge ready to be heated up whenever hunger strikes.

Get your copy of Five ingredients, Ten Minutes here.

What to cook with lentils | Lentil Vegetarian Pie

Lentil Cumberland Pie from Eat Well For Less: Every Day by Jo Scarratt-Jones

If a pie is your ultimate source of comfort then this Eat Well For Less recipe will turn your lentils into soul food.

Get your copy of Eat Well For Less Every Day here.

What to cook with lentils | Slow Cooker Lentil Tagine

Cauliflower, Lentil and Olive Tagine from Good Food Eat Well: Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes by Jo Scarrat-Jones

Fire up your slow cooker and let your lentils blip away with this easy recipe inspired by the flavours of a tagine.

Get your copy of Good Food Eat Well: Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes here.

What to cook with lentils | Sausage with Lentils Angela Hartnett

Sausages with Lentils and Herbs from Angela's Kitchen: 200 Quick and Easy Recipes by Angela Hartnett

Got some sausages stowed away in the freezer? There are few more perfect partners for lentils than sausages, and few better recipes to bring them both together than this one.

Get your copy of Angela's Kitchen: 200 Quick and Easy Recipes by Angela Hartnett


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