Surprising Success (lentils and greens)


 I’m off on holiday tomorrow.  First stop Karlstad, Sweden then onto Turku, Finland with a quick stop in my beloved Stockholm enroute.  It’s always exhilarating to go overseas but this trip is extra exciting as I get to spend lots of time with some very good friends who I haven’t seen in a long time.  Hurrah!

 Shamed by Brianna’s good example of using up everything in her fridge before leaving Japan, I have tried my best to do the same.  The result was really very good indeed: a sort of pilaf with green lentils rather than rice.

 Spiced Lentils and Greens

(for one, very rough quantities!)

75g  puy lentils

1 cardamon pod

1 cinnamon stick

1 clove

2 peppercorns

1 tblspn ground nut oil

1 small onion, sliced

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1 tspn ginger, finely chopped

1/4 tspn turmeric

1/2 tspn garam masala

1/4 tsp coriander

1/4 tsp chilli powder

1 courgette, quartered lengthways then cut into chunks

Handful of broad beans

Two handfuls of spinach

Fresh coriander and yogurt to serve

  • Cook the lentils along with the cinnamon, cardamon, peppercorns and bay leaf according to instructions.  Drain and remove the spices.
  • Meanwhile, fry the onion in the oil until just brown.
  • Add the garlic and ginger and cook for two more minutes.
  • Add the spices and stir.  Fry for one minute.
  • Add the courgettes and broadbeans and cook until courgettes start to brown and are just cooked though.
  • Add the spinach and cook until wilted.
  • Add the lentils and combine gentle until heated through. 
  • Serve topped with yogurt and fresh coriander.

22 thoughts on “Surprising Success (lentils and greens)

  1. You know, I so enjoy “cleaning out the frig”! I seem to get more creative at that time. Yours sounds lovely and, whew, all of the ingredients! I bet that dish is very flavorful. Cannot wait to hear about your holiday! Have fun!

  2. Hi! If you’re spending more than a few days in Helsinki, you might consider a day-trip to Tallinn!? I’d show you some nice cute cafes 🙂

  3. sometime being led by your ingredients makes a surprisingly good meal – as yours looks to be!

    hope you enjoy your holidays – love the pics of the bread

  4. Wow. I think YOU win the cleaning out the fridge game 🙂 Looks healthy and exquisite. I love lentils. Have a great time on your holiday!! We arrived in California yesterday and are still jetlagged, but it’s so nice to be home after a year of being away! Take care!

  5. Hi,

    This looks like great use of the fridge contents. Good to find your blog via the Uk Food Bloggers Association! I hope you have a great holiday!


  6. I’m off to Sweden (and Stockholm) in a few weeks time and have never been before. I would love to hear any recommendations from you about where to go to get a good Swedish meal! In the meantime, hope you have a great holiday and manage some berry picking while you’re there.

  7. Thank you for all the kinds comments everyone! I’ll be posting about the trip and the food over the next few days. 🙂
    Welcome to all you who visited for the first time!
    Annemarie – I’ll post some Stockholm recommendations this week!

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