Black lentils & pork meat balls stew

Take a deep breath and DON’T PANIC!

Now that we’re calm we can start cooking ๐Ÿ™‚ The cooking time on this recipe is not as long as it seems. Most if it is the preparation which only involves soaking the lentils in water. Therefore, to cook this dish you need to start 1 day earlier than you intend to cook it.

Black lentils look like tiny shiny black pearls. I found them in a small package at an organic food market. This is what they look like before soaking and cooking:

Black lentils in the jar before soaking

Black lentils in the jar before soaking

A day before you plan to cook the dish take 2 cups of lentils, wash them and then place in a bowl with water to cover. I recommend starting it around noon or afternoon so you can replace the water once before you go to sleep for the night, but if you’re press for time just soak them overnight. If you have the time, change the water after 3 hours and leave to soak over night.

In the morning strain the lentils, wash them and strain well (I pour them into a sift and hold them under running water). Place the sift with lentils over the now empty bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Leave on the counter for as long as you can (anywhere between 1 and 3 hours).

When you’re ready to start cooking, prepare the vegetable base for the lentils:

  • Finely dice onions, carrots, zucchini
  • Mince garlic
  • slice the celery stalks
  • chop the celery leaves coarsely

Place in a pot with olive oil and saute’ until onions are clear.

Add the lentils, mix  to coat lentils with oil

Season with salt and pepper and add water to cover the lentils and then some more (about half a cup more after the lentils are covered).

Let the lentils cook and start preparing the meatballs:

  • Chop the dill finely and add to the meat
  • Add tomato puree, salt and pepper
  • Mix the meat well to incorporate all ingredients.

When the water in the pot is boiling start making meat balls using wet hands and adding them to the pot. Once you’ve added all the meat, cover the pot and let simmer until the meat is ready. If you have too much water at this point don’t worry – some of it will evaporate and the dish will thicken. If you have to little and you feel you need more, add another more gradually. The consistency at the end of the cooking should be somewhere between a thick soup and a stew.

Taste and correct seasoning as needed.

Black lentils & pork meat balls stew
Hearty and warming, satisfying and healthy stew
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Prep Time
24 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
24 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups black lentils
  2. 1.5 pound (600 โ€“ 700 grams) ground pork
  3. 2 carrots
  4. 2 onions
  5. 4 celery stalks wih leaves
  6. 5 cloves of garlic
  7. 4 medium size zucchini
  8. 1 handful fresh dill
  9. Kosher Salt
  10. Black pepper
  11. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  12. 3 tablespoons tomato puree
For the lentils base
  1. A day before you plan to cook the dish take 2 cups of lentils, wash them and then place in a bowl with water to cover.
  2. Finely dice onions, carrots, zucchini.
  3. Mince garlic.
  4. slice the celery stalks
  5. chop the celery leaves coarsely.
  6. Place in a pot with olive oil and sauteโ€™ until onions are clear.
  7. Add the lentils, mix to coat lentils with oil.
  8. Season with salt and pepper and add water to cover the lentils and then some more (about half a cup more after the lentils are covered).
For the Meatballs
  1. Chop the dill finely and add to the meat.
  2. Add tomato puree, salt and pepper.
  3. Mix the meat well to incorporate all ingredients.
  4. When the water in the pot is boiling start making meat balls using wet hands and adding them to the pot.
Notes
  1. Plan Ahead!
  2. I recommend starting it around noon or afternoon so you can replace the water once before you go to sleep for the night, but if youโ€™re press for time just soak them overnight. If you have the time, change the water after 3 hours and leave to soak over night.
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Elinor Cohen

Elinor Cohen, a.k.a Donut. I love to cook and bake since I was a child and recently discovered my passion for healthy cooking. I'll show you that cooking healthy can be fast, easy and delicious!

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