Traditional British cuisine is simple and wholesome and used to be one of the best in the world. It has been influenced by its rich and diverse history and keeps looking for a new direction. Modern British food is still filled with stories of extended family gatherings and Sunday lunches. British culinary traditions are extremely strong and food is a way of showing you care. For this reason, Britain's passion for food and drink is closely linked to memories of family and friends and good times.
But the most exciting thing about British food is that it remains multicultural. In London, especially, one can taste the best of British dishes along with the best of the world. You can try Chinese, Indian, Italian, and French cuisine and, by the way, French restaurants are amongst the most popular.
This lentils stew is perfect for a cozy family dinner.
This cozy and hearty French dish suits British traditions for its most. This lentils stew is perfect for a cozy family dinner. It consists of French lentils which are simmered with savoury herbes de Provence, juicy tomatoes, olives, carrots and topped with fresh basil. This can be either a vegetarian-friendly dish or a perfect side dish to any grilled or roasted meat or fish.
French lentils are a variety of green lentils. They are smaller compared with other green lentils and look darker. The flavour is more earthy, almost to the point of being nutty and peppery. In our recipe, we use the tiny, green lentils du Puy. They are sturdy and tend to hold their shape extremely well – much better than other lentils. However, you can use the larger brown or tan lentils. We do not recommend using the red ones, as they get too mushy.
Step 1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil and add chopped onions. Saute until translucent, then add garlic and carrot and cook for 5 minutes.
Step 2. Add 6 cups of water, herbs, lentils and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil and when the water has cooked out, add the wine then reduce the heat and simmer for a couple of minutes.
Step 3. Then, add tomato puree and stir for 3-4 minutes. Add tinned tomatoes and simmer lentils until they are tender and have absorbed most of the liquid. It should take about 20-25 minutes. If necessary, drain any excess water after the lentils have cooked.
Step 4. You can serve the lentils immediately, or allow them to cool and reheat later. Enjoy!
Lentils are rather simple to cook, and the result is delicious. Besides, lentils are a rich source of essential minerals, amino acids and B-complex vitamins. They also have a very high content of fiber and protein.
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