Puy, Beluga or Horse Gram Lentil Stew with Aubergine

For this divine Wintery lentil stew, an earthy, dark lentil is called for. Puy lentils are a common choice, and the dark Beluga is excellent. I also love to make it with either Horse Gram or Matki lentils – brown, earthy and delicious lentils that you can get from your Indian shop. How good these are.

Despite the very familiar ingredients, the result is a bit magic and unexpected. It is an O. M. G. dish. The texture of the lentils with the silkiness of the eggplant. The pop of the tomato flavour, the way the sour cream enhances the dish, the heat of the chilli and the Greekness of the oregano.

Serve as it is, for a light meal, or bulk it up by spooning on top of rice, on slices of grilled or toasted sourdough. You can serve the stew either as a hearty starter or a side, or as a main served with any grain you like. It can be made up to three days ahead and kept in the fridge–just warm through then add the creme fraiche, oil, chilli flakes and oregano before serving. It’s at its best served warm, but is also very good at room temperature.

This is an Ottolenghi recipe – or at least it was until I, naturally, played with it a little. The key change was in the lentil used, but if you like you can check the original recipe. We always feel free to substitute ingredients that are not readily available in our local area, or to massage the recipes to suit what is available from our garden and pantry.

Similar recipes include Horse Gram and Pomegranate Salad, Puy Lentils with Sage and Roasted Pumpkin, Beluga Lentil Salad with Pomegranate Molasses, Citrusy Beetroot with Puy Lentils, and Horse Gram Dal.

Read more about Horse Gram (aks Kulthi Bean). It is easily purchased in Indian shops.

Browse our Horse Gram, Puy, Beluga and Aubergine recipes. Our Ottolenghi dishes are here. We have written about our experiences cooking through Plenty More. Or explore our Mid Autumn recipes.

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Spicy Beluga Lentils | Black Lentils with Yoghurt

We quite adore Beluga Lentils – they are named beluga as they are supposed to look like little beads of caviar. I wouldn’t really know about that, but do know they are both delicious and easy to turn into a gorgeous dish. They cook quickly, and they hold their shape. They can be used instead of French Green Lentils/Puy Lentils in any dish.

This dish is eeeeasy, with spices toasted, onion and garlic sweated off, and then lentils added and cooked. It can be made ahead of time, finishing off with the yoghurt and sour elements at the time of serving. It can also be frozen at that point, for those late nights especially after a long working day.

Make double the amount of lentils, if you wish, and keep them for salads. They make gorgeous bases for lentils salads.

Similar recipes include Beluga Lentil Stew with Eggplant, Puy Lentils with Asparagus and Watercress, Citrusy Beetroot with Lentils, and Crushed Puy Lentils with Tahini and Yoghurt.

Browse all of our Beluga Lentil dishes. Or be inspired by our Late Winter recipes.

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Black, Brown or Green Lentil Salad with Pomegranate Molasses

I had been in a conference and training for 12 hours a day for a full 5 days and was yearning for fresh food, sunshine and exercise. The food part was easy, a large bowl of lentil salad with pomegranate molasses and cumin and lots of fresh herbs.

This is a quick and easy salad, once the lentils are cooked. You will love it.

Similar recipes include Horse Gram Salad with Feta and Tomatoes, Puy Lentil Stew with Eggplant, Spicy Beluga Lentils, Brown Lentil Sprouts Sundal, Puy Lentils with Asparagus and Watercress, and  Easy White Bean Salad.

Browse all of our Lentil Salads, and explore our Mid Spring dishes.

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