Recipes Lentil stew (lentejas)

 

Recipes Lentil stew (lentejas)

Recipes Lentil stew (lentejas)

  1. 250 gr. lentils
  2. 1 chorizo (or a few slices if you can’t get a small sausage-shaped one)
  3. 100 gr. serrano ham
  4. 1 large onion
  5. 1 small glass of red wine
  6. 2 cloves (optional)
  7. 1 red pepper (optional)
  8. Half a small glass of olive oil
  9. 1 bayleaf
  10. 2 large carrots
  11. 3 small potatoes
  12. 2 cloves garlic
  13. 1 pinch saffron
  14. fresh parsley
  15. salt and pepper

Recipes Lentil stew (lentejas)

  1. Soak typically the lentils for half a great hour. Despite the fact that small lentils in packets usually may need soaking, Spanish females tend to soak in any case

  2. Cut the ham and chorizo into dice-shaped pieces. Peel and wash the carrots and potatoes. Slice the carrots and halve the potatoes (unless they are very small). Wash and slice a small red pepper (optional).

  3. Drain the lentils and put them in a saucepan. Add enough water to cover them and add the ham, chorizo, carrots, potatoes, bayleaf, pepper, parsley, a little salt, saffron and wine. Also add the cloves if you want the lentils to have a slightly spicey air to them. Put the pan over a minimal heat and cover.

  4. Slice the onion and garlic and fry, stirring all the time. After a minute or so, add the sliced red pepper. This is optional and adds a slightly sweet flavour to the lentejas. When soft, add to the other ingredients in the saucepan.

  5. Let the lentil stew simmer for at least 40 minutes. Boil off any excess liquid at the end.

  6. Vegetarian Spanish lentils: To make a vegetarian version of Spanish lentil soup, just substitute the chorizo and ham for more vegetables. We recommend adding a little celery (not the leaves), 3 artichokes (without the stalk and outer leaves and cut into halves), 100gr wild mushrooms (if you can get any, otherwise normal ones, washed and sliced), a sprig of rosemary, a piece of lemon peel and a pinch of nutmeg and a pinch of sweet paprika. Put all of these into the saucepan in step 3. You may also like to add a vegtable stock cube.