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Colombian Lentils     Veg  HT  ACC  Colombian  70mins

Colombian Name: Lentejas

Serves 4       Hot Vegetarian Vegan Pulses Vegetables Herbs Accompaniment Gluten Wheat Dairy Free Eggless Colombia St. America South American

225g/8oz Green Lentils
2 tbsp Olive Oil
2 Onions, finely chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
2 large Tomatoes, chopped
Salt and Black Pepper
A pinch of Sugar
1 tbsp Freshly chopped Coriander (cilantro)


1. Place the lentils in a large saucepan and cover with 2.5cm/1-inch of water. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and cook for 45 minutes or until they are almost tender, depending on the type of lentils you use. Drain well and set aside.

2. Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onions and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time.

3. Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper, sugar, and coriander, and simmer gently for 10 minutes.

4. Add the drained lentils to the onion mixture and continue to cook gently for a further 10 minutes, stirring from time to time. Serve hot.


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Key techniques required to make this recipe

Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.
Boil  - To bring a liquid to boiling temperature and to maintain it throughout the cooking time

Sauté  - The cooking of food in a small amount of fat, preferably in a single layer, until it browns and softens. It is important not to overfill the pan.


Freezing/Make ahead

Not suitable


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Main equipment required to make this Recipe


Chopping Knife


Wooden or Plastic Spoon

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