Lentil and Corn Stew (vegan) / Varivo od leće i kukuruza (vegansko)

By now even the birds in the trees know that whenever I lack time and inspiration for cooking, I turn to good old lentils. There are always some lentils kicking around our pantry and with just a few humble staples it enables us to come with quick, cheap and really satisfying meals.

Just a small note, though. The stew itself is vegan, but I opted to top it with a bit of shredded cheese. Naturally, you can skip the topping altogether or use a vegan substitute.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 6 servings / 0.72 EUR per serving / 4.30 EUR for all)

For the stew:

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

6 garlic cloves (0.20 EUR)

1 tsp garlic powder (0.07 EUR)

1 bay leaf (0.01 EUR)

1 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp smoked paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp dried chili flakes (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 cup ajvar – red pepper paste (0.67 EUR)

1 can diced tomatoes (0.67 EUR)

½ cup water (–)

2 tbsp dried parsley (0.13 EUR)

1 cup dried green lentils (0.60 EUR)

2 cups frozen corn (0.67 EUR)

For serving:

6 cups cooked rice (0.60 EUR)

½ cup shredded cheese (0.33 EUR)

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METHOD:

Peel and finely dice the onion and garlic. Wash lentils under running water in a colander and set aside. Add oil to a big pot and saute the onion on high heat for a few minutes until translucent. Throw in minced garlic, garlic powder, bay leaf, Hungarian and smoked paprika, chili flakes and salt, stir and cook for a minute, so the flavors can bloom. Add in red pepper paste (ajvar), diced tomatoes, water, parsley and lentils. Stir well and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer with a lid cracked open for 30 minutes. If needed add a splash more of water and stir occasionally. Fold in frozen corn and cook for another 10-15 minutes, until the corn is cooked through.

Serve warm with cooked rice and sprinkled with a bit of shredded cheese, or its vegan alternative.

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Do sada već i vrapci na grani znaju da kada mi za kuhanje usfali vremena i inspiracije, okrenem se dobroj staroj leći. Pošto nam je leća već standardni dio inventara u špajzi, sa još samo par skromnih sastojaka možemo spraviti brza, jeftina i ukusna jela.

I još mala napomena. Samo je varivo vegansko, ali sam ga ja servirala posipanog sa malo ribanog sira. Naravno, vi slobodno to izostavite, ili upotrijebite vegansku zamjenu.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 6 porcija / 5,34 kn po porciji / 32,06kn za sve)

Za varivo:

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

6 češnjeva češnjaka (1,50 kn)

1 žličica češnjaka u prahu (0,50 kn)

1 lovorov list (0,10 kn)

1 žlica slatke paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žličica dimljene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žličica sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,50 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

1 šalica ajvara (5,00 kn)

1 konzerva sjeckanih pelata (5,00 kn)

½ šalice vode (–)

2 žlice sušenog peršina (1,00 kn)

1 šalica zelene leće (4,50 kn)

2 šalice smrznutog kukuruza (5,00 kn)

Za posluživanje:

6 šalica kuhane riže (4,50 kn)

½ šalice ribanog sira (2,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Ogulite i fino nasjeckajte luk i češnjak. Isperite leću u cjediljci pod tekućom vodom i stavite na stranu. U veliki lonac dodajte ulje, pa na jakoj vatri kratko prodinstajte luk, dok ne bude staklast. Ubacite svježi sjeckani češnjak, češnjak u prahu, lovor, slatku i dimljenu papriku, čili i sol, promiješajte te kuhajte samo minutu da začini zamiriše. Dodajte ajvar, pelate, vodu, peršin i leću, dobro promiješajte i pustite da zavrije. Smanjite vatru te krčkajte 30 minuta sa odškrinutim poklopcem. Povremeno promiješajte, a po potrebi dodajte mrvicu vode. Umiješajte smrznuti kukuruz, pa kuhajte još 10-15 minuta, dok kukuruz ne bude gotov.

Poslužite toplo sa kuhanom rižom i posipano sa malo ribanog sira ili sa veganskom alternativom.

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Lentil and Corn Stew (vegan) / Varivo od leće i kukuruza (vegansko)

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