Taste of Cyprus Local Food Lentils with chickpeas and bulgur wheat

Lentils with chickpeas and bulgur wheat

You can serve this lovely dish with black olives. For a non-vegan version, grilled halloumi is a great accompaniment.

Ingredients:

1 cup  lentils
1 cup  Chickpeas
4 cups water
salt and pepper
4 Tbs  extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp cumin seeds*
1 tsp chopped garlic
3 Tbs chopped shallots
1 cup cherry tomatoes halved*
1 cup  bulgur wheat
2 cups green wave mix
2 Tbs toasted pine nuts*

Method:
Put lentils and chickpeas in a large pot with 4 cups water. Season water with salt. Bring to a simmer, cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes. Drain lentils and chickpeas into a bowl, but keep the cooking water. You will need two cups. If it’s less, top it up with fresh water to 2 cups.

Rinse the pot and wipe dry. Put 4 tablespoons olive oil in the pot over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and cook for about a minute, stirring, until fragrant and slightly darker in colour.

Add garlic and shallots. Cook stirring often until beginning to colour. Add halved tomatoes to the pot and cook for about a minute. Add bulgur wheat and stir. It’s important to coat the bulgur in the oil and pan juices.

Add the “green wave mix” and stir to combine. Return the cooked lentils and chickpeas to the pot. Pour over the 2 cups cooking water. Season liberally with salt and pepper.

Bring to a simmer, lower the heat, cover the pot and cook undisturbed for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat but leave undisturbed for another 10 minutes. During this time the bulgur wheat will absorb all the goodness and flavours from the pot.

In the meantime, lightly toast the pinenuts in a dry frying pan. To serve transfer lentils on a platter. Scatter over the toasted pine nuts. Serve with black olives and grilled halloumi if you like.

Galatia Pamporides
Source: www.cuisinovia.com

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