The great thing about caramelised lentil pilaf is that it’s vegan, packed with protein, and easy to make. It’s the perfect dish for anyone looking to eat less meat. Enjoy it hot or cold, with a bowl of fresh super herb salad or a refreshing yogurt cucumber salad.
Caramelised lentil pilaf also makes the perfect picnic food — it’s cheap, delicious, high in fibre, and super filling. I really hope you give this a go and if you do and have leftovers, you must combine it with this mouth-watering lentil and herb baked cauliflower drizzled with a yogurt tahini sauce. Absolutely delicious!
Add lentils to 5 cups of salted boiling water. Cook over medium to low heat for approximately 20-25 minutes or until lentils are cooked but not soft. Drain and reserve the liquid.
While lentils are cooking, prepare the onion. Combine the oil and onion over medium heat and cook approximately 20-25 minutes, stirring every now and then until they turn very dark brown but not burnt. Remember, the success of this dish lies in this step.
Reduce heat to low, add 1 ½ cups of the reserved liquid to the onion and let it simmer for 2 minutes. Season with salt.
Add the cooked lentils and coarse cracked wheat and stir to combine. Cover the pot with a lid and continue to cook over very low heat for approximately 20 minutes or until cooked.