haloumi lentils

Every week, I receive a box of organic fruit and veg from an awesome shop Abel & Cole. With the delivery, they always include a little pamphlet with some innovative, usually vegetarian and vegan, recipes you can make from your produce. Every single recipe I tried so far was nothing short of sensational, and this time I had to share.

The taste of this dish is indescribable. Sweet, salty, slightly acidic piece of heaven on a plate, it is so much more than a sum of its parts, you must try it. I think it would go brilliantly with any chicken, lamb or salmon, but we had it with a deconstructed guacamole (2 tomatoes, 2 avocados, 1 small red onion, salt, pepper, lemon juice and a dash of olive oil).

Haloumi Lentils

a few splashes olive oil
1 large onion finely chopped
1 carrot, finely diced
3 garlic cloves, chopped
200 g green speckled or puy lentils
1 bay leaf
sea salt and black pepper
100 ml red wine (or water or stock)
300 ml stock (or water) plus more to add until lentils are fully cooked
1-2 tbsp mustard (I used 1 tbsp grainy Dijon mustard)
a good splash of balsamic
a bunch of chard (or any green leafy veg, I used spring greens)
150 g Halloumi
a handful of chopped parsley
1 lemon juice and zest

Add a splash of olive oil to lidded pot. Cook the onion, carrot and garlic till softened. Fold the lentils and bay leaf through. Season well. Let it sizzle for a moment. Pour in the wine. Allow it to bubble up for a bit. Pour in stock or water. Lower heat, cover and cook for 40 minutes or until tender.

Taste. Add some balsamic and a little mustard. Adjust seasoning if necessary.

Finely chop the greens. Carve the leaves from the stem, stack the leaves, roll them up and slice thinly. Then chop the slivers a bit more.

Fold your greens through the lentils. Remove from heat and set aside.

Thinly slice halloumi, then cut into small cubes. Fry in a little olive oil until golden. Scatter over lentils. Finish with parsley, lemon juice and zest. Bon appetite!


leaf (the indolent cook) said...

Thanks for sharing! I've not tried a lentil dish quite like this one and it sounds tasty.

annabelle said...

It's really good, I hope you like it :)