Try this simple but wonderfully delicious Spanish recipe for lentils with Spanish chorizo. There are so many lentil recipes, but this has to be one of the best! The Spanish eat a lot of lentils. It is one of the staple basic family meals and one of the most popular meals on a bar lunch menu. There are three very good reasons for this: lentils are cheap and easy to prepare, extremely good for you and very tasty to eat. There are many ways to prepare “lentejas” and many different types of lentils. They are usually cooked up in a pressure cooker and always served to the table piping hot with a decent chunk of bread on the side. This is the type of comfort meal that is not only incredibly nutritious, but also puts a massive smile on your face. The smile gets even wider when you find that tasty chunk of Spanish chorzio lurking amongst the vegetables!
“Lentejas con chorizo”
Ingredients for 6 people
500g of dry lentils
A chunk of Spanish chorizo
3 cloves of garlic
1 pinch of chili flakes
Chop the onion and the carrot and peal the garlic.
Take the skin off the Spanish chorizo and cut it into 3 pieces.
Put the lentils, Spanish chorizo and the vegetables into a pressure cooker. Add some water to cover.
Season with salt, pepper and the chili flakes.
Pour in a bit of olive oil.
Stir and close the pressure cooker well.
Cook on a high heat until the steam comes out. Then change to a low heat and cook for 10 minutes.
When done, do not open the pressure cooker until the steam is completely gone. To make this quicker, put the pressure cooker under the cold tap. Then open it and add some water if all has evaporated.
Serve with some good rustic bread.
Note: If you are vegetarian, just swap the chorizo for a tablespoon of spicy or mild paprika.