Crushed Puy Lentils With Basil and Broccoli

Serves: 4
Takes: 35 mins

A bold an healthy lentil dish. Lentils can often be boring and watery. By cooking first in stock and then frying with the spice and tahini mixture, you’ll ensure you these lentils are hearty and delicious. Feel free to substitute the puy lentils for green lentils, just make sure they are the smaller European variety.

When To Eat

We recommend eating this dish from February to April.


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Name Amount KG CO2e
Puy Lentils (or French green lentils) 250 g 0.258
Olive Oil 2 Tablespoon 0.141
Garlic 3 Clove 0.018
Red Onion 1 Small 0.026
Ginger Powder 1 Teaspoon 0.009
Chilli Flakes 1 Teaspoon 0.016
Ground Cumin 1 Teaspoon 0.016
Tahini 2 Tablespoon 0.111
Lemon 1 Whole 0.045
Purple Sprouting Broccoli 250 g 0.15
Basil 30 g 0.024
Vegetable Stock 500 ml 0.292

This meal is around 90% less polluting than the average UK meal.

  • Eating this recipe will save around 2.68 kg CO2e per person.
  • That's equivalent to the emissions produced driving 22.05km in a modern car.


  • First cook the puy lentils. Place the lentils in a medium pan and pour over the stock. Bring to the boil and simmer with the lid on for around 20 minutes, or until the lentils are soft.
  • Crush the garlic cloves into a fine paste and grate the red onion. Add both to a shallow pan and fry over a low heat. Cook for 3 - 5 minutes until the onion is soft and then add the cumin, ginger and chilli flakes and fry for a further minute. Add the tahini and mix well to combine the spices in the pan. Tip in the lentils, season with salt and pepper, and increase the heat. Fry for 5 - 10 minutes, gently crushing the lentils every few minutes with a wooden spoon.
  • When the lentils have about 5 minutes left, prepare the broccoli. Roughly slice the broccoli into 1 cm long pieces and add toss into a pan of boiling salted water. Boil for 2 - 3 minutes or until the broccoli is soft but still retains some bite.
  • Drain the broccoli and stir into the lentils. Chop the basil and scatter over the top of the dish. Serve immediately.
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