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Spiced lentil dhal

Spiced lentil dhal

Potato and cauliflower are a favourite combination for curry and they are delicious cooked with lentils in a mildly spiced sauce. Served with a fresh carrot chutney and banana and nut raita, this meal will be relished by meat–eaters as well as vegetarians. Serve with basmati rice or naan.

Stuffed chicken rolls with lentils

Stuffed chicken rolls with lentils

Tender chicken rolls filled with a dried apricot stuffing are delicious served on a bed of orange–scented French–style lentils and colourful vegetables. The only accompaniment needed is a crisp salad of leafy greens.

Golden lentil soup

Golden lentil soup

This velvety smooth soup owes its rich colour to a combination of lentils, parsnips and carrots. With dry sherry and a horseradish–flavoured cream adding to the flavour, it is a perfect first course for a dinner party. Serve it with crunchy Melba toast or oatcakes.

Lentil risotto

Lentil risotto

Lentils add extra flavour and texture to this Italian–style mushroom risotto and also make it more nutritious. Serve with roasted or chargrilled Italian vegetables, such as capsicums and zucchini, or a mixed salad, for a satisfying lunch, and one that is particularly tempting on a cold winter's day.

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Turkey and lentil pt

Turkey and lentil pâté

This coarse–textured pâté, deliciously flavoured with garlic and fresh coriander, combines turkey mince and chicken livers with lentils for a starter that has considerably less fat than a traditional pâté. Serve with toasted slices of brioche or other bread, plus some crisp vegetables.

Naan with lentil ‘caviar’

Naan with lentil ‘caviar’

Yoghurt spiced with garlic and mint, then mixed with raw vegetables and high-protein lentils, is delicious spooned onto warmed naan. A few coriander and mint leaves on top add a touch of freshness, and a dab of chutney or lime pickle on the side gives texture and extra flavour.

Curried lentil and vegetable pilaf

Curried lentil and vegetable pilaf

By using some supermarket convenience foods, such as ready-prepared vegetables, and ginger and garlic bottled in oil, this dish can be on the table in half an hour. It makes a one-dish vegetarian meal that is rich in protein, starchy carbohydrate and other essential nutrients.

Pumpkin and Lentil Salad

Pumpkin and Lentil Salad

Like most salads, this recipe is high in fibre, but the protein from the lentils, pistachios and cheese means that it is hearty and satisfying enough to be served on its own, or with bread, as a light main meal.

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Catalan Escalivada

Catalan Escalivada

‘Escalivada’ comes from a Catalan word meaning ‘to roast over embers’. It is traditionally served as a first course or a side dish with barbecued or roasted meats. This oven-roasted version is a quick, easy alternative if you don’t have a charcoal grill.

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