Crushed puy lentils with tahini and cumin

Ingredients

  • 200g puy lentils 
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to finish
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 medium tomatoes, skinned and cut into 1cm dice
  • 25g coriander leaves, chopped
  • 4 tbsp tahini paste  
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and black pepper 
  • ½ small red onion, peeled and sliced very thin
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, quartered
Crushed puy lentils with tahini and cumin

Serves two as a main, or four as a starter

This sustaining meal-on-a-plate is a little bit like hummus, though much easier and quicker to prepare. With warm flatbread, I could eat this every day.

  1. Bring a medium pan of water to a boil. Add the lentils and cook for 15-20 minutes, until completely cooked, drain and set aside.
  2. Put the butter and oil in a large sauté pan and place on a medium-high heat. Once the butter melts, add the garlic and cumin, and cook for a minute. Add the tomatoes, 20g of coriander and the cooked lentils. Cook, stirring, for a couple of minutes, then add the tahini, lemon juice, 70ml of water, a teaspoon of salt and a good grind of black pepper. Turn down the heat to medium and cook gently, stirring, for a few minutes more, until hot and thickened. Roughly mash the lentils with a potato masher, so that some are broken up and you get a thick, porridge consistency.
  3. Spread out the lentils on a flat platter, run a fork through to make a wavy pattern on top, and scatter on the sliced onion, the remaining coriander and a final drizzle of olive oil. Serve warm with the hard-boiled eggs alongside.