Kale, Mushroom and Lentil Pilaf with Dulse
Try Sarah Raven's superfood extravaganza in this vegetarian alternative to kidneys.
Time 35 mins prep, 60 mins cooking
This is a deliciously hearty winter recipe by Sarah Raven published in Country Living magazine, January 2015.
She uses rich, earthy ingredients: meaty chestnut mushrooms, enriching kale and lentils, all seasoned with the umami flavour of Dulse seaweed and topped with melting goats' cheese.
A real bowl full of superfood goodness!
- 1 tbsp Dulse
- 250g Le Puy green lentils
- 1 red onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 red chilli, finely chopped
- 3 bay leaves
- Large sprig of thyme
- 250ml red wine (or 1 tin of tomatoes, to give necessary acidity)
- 250ml vegetable stock
- 300g kale
- 500g chestnut mushrooms, quartered not sliced
- 100g bunch flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
- 150g creme fraiche (optional)
- Splash of balsamic vinegar
- 4 x 100g cakes of goat's cheese
- A little ground pepper
- A few edible petals
- Puts the lentils in the pan and cover them generously with cold water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 mins. Drain and rinse to remove the indigestible starches. Set aside.
- In a heavy-based saucepan, saute the onion and garlic over a gentle heat in 1 tablespoon of oil until soft. Add the par-cooked lentils, chilli, bay leaves, thyme and most of the Dulse. Stir briefly.
- Pour in the wine (or tomatoes) and stock. Cover and simmer gently for 30-40 mins until the lentils begin to collapse. Remove the thyme stems.
- Remove the stems from the kale and chop the leaves into strips. Steam them for 5 mins. Allow to cool then chop into strands.
- Put the mushrooms in a large frying pan and cook gently in the remaining olive oil, sprinkled with a little Dulse (to replace salt), stirring occasionally for 10-15 mins until they start to brown.
- Add the mushrooms to the lentils and mix in most of the parsley. Stir in the creme fraiche (if using), loosened with a splash of boiling water, followed by the balsamic vinegar.
- Halve the goats' cheese cakes and grill or bake them for a few mins to warm through, until they start to melt and brown.
- Serve the lentils on individual plates, each topped with a warm melting goats' cheese. Scatter the remaining parsley and a few edible petals.