Hearty French Lentils

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The original recipe had salt in, which I missed out, but I did add some (low salt) stock instead. After the first 20mins of cooking, I popped it into the slow cooker to continue cooking while we went out.

DD1 (1.4), DD2 (3.10) & I all loved it. We had it with rice, to increase the protein, and some small crusty rolls to mop the plates clean!


  • 2 tbsp good olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped medium (2 cups chopped)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 3-4 carrots, peeled and cubed
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 200g (1 cup) Puy or French lentils
  • 750ml (3-4) cups water
  • 1 tbsp low salt stock

To serve

  • rice & or crusty bread


  1. Start by putting up the olive oil to heat in a medium pot on medium high. When hot, add the chopped onion and cook, stirring for 5-8 minutes or so until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add the carrots, cumin and garlic, and cook a further 5 minutes, stirring often, being careful not to let the garlic burn.
  3. Once all the veggies are glistening and the cumin is smelling fragrant and delicious, add the tomato paste, and stir well.
  4. next, add the lentils, stock and bay leaves and stir well again.
  5. Bring to a boil on high.
  6. Once boiling, turn heat to medium low (not low) and cook with the lid on for 20 minutes, stirring once or twice from the bottom up.
  7. After the first 20 minutes, remove the lid and rest on the side of the pot so a little air can escape & cook for another 20 minutes (total of 40 minutes) stirring here and there.

Vegetarian. One husband, Two cats, Three kids.

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3 comments on “Hearty French Lentils
  1. liveinazoo says:

    5 words every mu m wants to hear-“can we have that again?”
    happy days in the zoo house!kids loved it with rice and i made soome lovely fresh soda bread to mop up the juices.totally delish!!!

  2. […] DC2 & I had hearty French lentils – I’m hoping DV3 will be eating this with us in a few weeks time, but today we just […]

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