Thursday, May 13, 2021

Homemade lentil stew with chorizo


Today we present you a recipe for lentils - Lentejas caseras con chorizo (Homemade lentils with chorizo) - in the traditional style, that in addition to being delicious are very nutritious. One of the favourite dishes in La Laguna, they have a small amount of fat that the chorizo, but are almost "light" (suitable for a diet). These legumes contain a large amount of nutrients: they help against heart diseases since they reduce cholesterol and fat levels due to their fibre and phytate content; lentils are highly recommended in diabetes because their carbohydrates are absorbed very slowly; lentils are antianemic since they are rich in easily assimilated iron. Lentils are a good source of protein, especially when combined with rice. 

Ingredients (for 4 people):

350 grams of lentils
1 green pepper
1 onion
1 carrot
1 medium potato
2 cloves of garlic
100 grams of chorizo
5 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of sweet paprika
1 litre and a half of water
1 bay leaf


Put the lentils in the drainer and rinse them well. Then put the lentils in a pot and add the water. Cut the tip of the pepper and put it in the pot. Also add the bay leaf, 1 teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of paprika.

Chop the potato and add it to the pot. Cut the carrot into small cubes and add it to the lentils. Cut the chorizo ​​into slices and add it to the pot. While the lentils are cooking, prepare the sauce. Chop the onion and cut the garlic into slices.

Heat a pan with the oil and add the onion and garlic. Leave over medium heat until they poach and take some color. Put the sauce in the blender with a glass and a half of water. Blend for a minute and then add to the pot and mix. When the lentils are tender (about 45 minutes) remove the pepper and bay leaf.

Finally, taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Accompany with rice or crusty bread.