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Chef Ray – Roasted Pumpkin with Haloumi, Crispy Lentils and Coriander Dressing

Packed full of flavour and colour this meal is very vibrant.

From: Galloway, Emma; Vegetarian Variety In (Jul 17) Healthy Food Guide

Serves 4

  • ½ cup dried Puy lentils (French-style or French green lentils)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1.3kg crown pumpkin, peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 3 tablespoons olive oils
  • pinch of salt, to season
  • pepper, to season
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground paprika
  • 90g haloumi

Coriander Dressing

  • 1 bunch chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • pepper, to season
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Place lentils and bay leaf in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain well, discard the bay leaf.
  2. Meanwhile, on a baking tray arrange pumpkin. Drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast 30-35 minutes, until golden, turning once during cooking. Remove from oven, leaving oven on.
  3. Transfer drained lentils to a separate baking tray, drizzle with remaining olive oil and scatter over spices. Mix well then roast in the oven 15-20 minutes, stirring once during cooking until golden and crispy. Set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare dressing. Place coriander and garlic into a small food processor and pulse until roughly chopped. Add lemon juice, olive oil and season with pepper. Blend until smooth.
  5. Slice haloumi into thin slices and cook in a hot non-stick pan, turning, until golden on both sides.
  6. To serve, place pumpkin on a platter, top with haloumi, scatter over lentils and drizzle with coriander dressing.

Although I’m not a qualified chef I do like to pretend I’m on Master Chef. I source the recipes from the stated source (not sauce) and make them taking the photo of the meal I produce for myself.

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