A great way to add more pulses to your diet is by blending them into a delicious paste. So we made a Protein-Packed Lemony Lentils Spread that's not only very tasty, it will give you plenty of iron, fiber, Vitamin B and protein. Similar to hummus, this versatile dip can be eaten with bread, used as a sandwich spread, mixed in a salad to make it more filling or used for dipping in some raw veggie sticks.
To make this yummy high-protein paste we mixed cooked lentils with red onion, a bunch of fresh parsley and loads of lemon juice. Plus, we added a handful of sweet raisins into the mix, to balance the zesty lemon and strong red onion taste. Fresh, tasty and perfect for summer, this protein-packed spread will keep everyone satisfied.
1. Gather the ingredients
- 1 cup of lentils
- half a red onion
- 1 garlic clove
- a bunch of fresh parsley
- half a lemon
- a handful of raisins
- 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
- a pinch of sea salt
2. Cook the lentils
Soak the lentils for a couple of hours, this will activate them, making them easier to digest and reducing the cooking time. Drain them.
3. Remove the lentils’ skins
Place the lentils into a bowl of cold water, stir and let the skins float. Take them away with a spoon and drain again. (This step might be a bit annoying but will also help with unwanted flatulence!)
4. Prep the rest of the ingredients
Chop the red onion, garlic and parsley, and squeeze the lemon.
5. Blend away
Place the lentils, red onion, garlic, parsley and lemon juice into a food processor and add the raisins, some olive oil and water. Blend and keep adding oil or water until you get the desired consistency.
Enjoy it with bread or assorted raw vegetables, and if you made too much you can keep it in the fridge for about a week as the lemon will preserve it.
Photos by Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitots