Holy Jebus Easy Lentils with Tomato Sauce, Caramelised Onion and Pistachios

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This has always been one of my hubby Pete’s favourite meals. When my son Seth had his first son, I made this for him and his lovely partner Clara and Seth texted later – ‘Holy Jebus that was good!!! Can we have the recipe?’

So now I call it Holy Jebus Lentils.

Here is the recipe for you Seth and for everyone else who likes honest wholesome yummy food. This recipe has three cooking parts but don’t let that put you off as each part is super super easy.

Each part has only 2 or 3 ingredients and at the most 4 steps

Part 1 is the lentils, rice and pumpkin and I’ll give you the instructions for both white and brown rice. I use brown rice but I know some people really hate brown rice. Part 2 is the sauce and Part 3 is the onions.

For the Lentils you will need:

1 Cup of Lentils – I use the nice small brown ones sometimes called French Lentils but red or green is okay too.
1 Cup of Brown Rice (instructions included for white rice)
6 Cups of Stock – any stock is fine
2 Cups of chopped pumpkin
1 dessertspoon of maple syrup or brown sugar
Oil for frying

To Make with Brown Rice

1. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the Lentils for about 5 minutes until they brown and start to smell nice and nutty.
2. Add the brown rice and fry for another 3 – 5 minutes.
3. Add 6 cups of stock, salt to taste and simmer covered for 40 minutes until all the stock is absorbed. If the liquid isn’t absorbed at the end of the cooking just leave the lid on for another 10 minutes or so and the rice and lentils will take up the remaining liquid.
4. While the lentils are cooking chop the pumpkin into 1cm cubes, rub or toss the pumpkin in the maple syrup and roast in the oven until cooked – about 30 minutes.

To Make with White Rice

Follow step 1 above.
2. Cook the lentils in 3 cups of water for 15 minutes then add the other 3 cups of water and the white rice and cook covered for another 15 minutes
Follow step 4.

For The Sauce You Will Need

1 Capsicum Chopped
3 Large Tomatos Chopped
1 Heaped Dessertspoon of Brown Sugar
1 Heaped Dessertspoon of Ground Cumin
Salt

To Make The Sauce

1. Fry Capsicum in pan until just going brown
2. Add all other ingredients into the pan and cook for 20 minutes or until tomato is going mushy
3. Blend until smooth

For the Onion You Will Need

2 Large Onions halved then sliced
4 Garlic Cloves chopped
1 Heaped Dessertspoon of Brown Sugar

To Make the Onion

1. Fry the Onion and Garlic until brown and transparent
2. Add the Sugar and fry until caramelised

To Serve

You will now have four components, The lentils, the sauce, the onions and the pistachios

1. Place Lentils in a bowl
2. Sprinkle some pumpkin on top
3. Spoon the tomato sauce over
4. Add some Caramelised Onion on top
5. Sprinkle with Pistachios

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