Garlic prawns with Asian puy lentils

Garlic prawns with Asian puy lentils

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins Plus marinating

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Don't dismiss lentils too quickly - they're filling, healthy and easy to combine with other flavours, as this dish proves.

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
349
protein
33g
carbs
29g
fat
12g
saturates
2g
fibre
5g
sugar
4g
salt
1.89g

Ingredients

  • 400g raw, peeled tiger prawns, defrosted if frozen
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • zest and juice 1 lime
  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 200g Puy lentils

For the dressing

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
  • bunch coriander, leaves roughly chopped

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Method

  1. Place the prawns in a shallow dish. Mix together half the finely chopped chilli, lime zest and juice, garlic and oil, then pour over the prawns. Cover and chill for 20 mins to marinate.
  2. Meanwhile, put the lentils in a pan, cover with twice their depth in water, bring to the boil, then simmer for 15-20 mins until tender. Top up the water if you need to.
  3. To make the dressing, put the remaining chopped chilli, the soy, honey and vinegar into a small bowl and stir together. Drain the lentils, then tip into a large bowl. Spoon over almost all the dressing while the lentils are hot, tip in the sesame seeds, then mix well.
  4. Heat a frying pan until really hot. Lift the prawns out of the marinade, then fry for 1-2 mins each side until pink and lightly golden. Pour in the marinade and bring to the boil. Fold the chopped coriander through the lentils, then spoon onto serving plates. Top with the prawns and any pan juices.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2008

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helen707's picture
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Really tasty recipe, family loved it. Used some salmon too, as not enough prawns, and worked really well , will make again!

susiegoggin's picture
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I was surprised how delicious and filling this dish was. I used cooked prawns and had no corriander but really enjoyed the flavours. Would definitely make again.

lucylacy's picture
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Very good and tasty but gave it only four out of five as there are so many fantastic recipes on this site that are even better. Well worth a try though.

lucylacy's picture
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Very tasty but watch that you do as the recipe says, not like me as I added things to the marinade that should have been left until the end. The portion size looked a bit small, especially for my husband, but it was deceptive as it was quite filling

notmyname's picture
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I have to admit I loved the prawns but hated the suggested honey/soy sauce for the lentils so ended up cooking my lentils as I usually do - in veg stock with a couple of cloves of garlic, some parsley stalks and a bay leaf and this made a great (if small) dish. Perhaps it was my honey or the rice wine vinegar but it was just not a nice dressing. We've made prawns like this a couple of times since and will continue to make our adapted version.

julia555's picture
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Not sure about this one. I thought I would love it... but I didn't :(. I think this is just my personal opinion though.

dustxs's picture
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Wonderful combination of flavours - very well thought out recipe - despite being so simple to make. The lime and honey go oh-so-well with the lentils, which go so well with the prawns. One of the best GoodFood recipes I've tried.

ssalva's picture
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An unusual combination but absolutely delicious. Made it several times, a huge favourite for a quick light and healthy meal.

gill_david's picture
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Did the recipe exactly, just halved it for two but wish I hadn't because it barely fed us. I imagine if you make it for 4 and there's just the two of you, you'll be just about satisfied.
I wouldn't bother making it again though as it was very disappointingly bland.

charlie2006's picture
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This is one of my all time favourite recipes - I sometimes use salmon fillets instead of prawns (marinading the salmon in the same way and just increasing the cooking time as the salmon takes longer to cook than the prawns).

needham12's picture
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I used this recipe with razor clams instead of prawns, and it made a very good lunch - every bit as good as the Spanish dish which taught me to eat clams.

kkatem's picture

Lovely recipe, quick and simple to prepare. I had no seasame seeds, so I substitued with a little seasame oil instead, and used dried crushed chilies. I can t wait to try it with fresh ingredients, I think it will taste even better. Makes a lovely light lunch.

pamaclaren's picture
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Self, wife & mother-in-law all thought this was terrible. Whoever thinks lime juice goes well with puy lentils needs a tast bud transplant.

cjsansom's picture
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I had very high hopes for this dish; it's my sister's all-time favourite Good Food recipe and as she raved about it thought I would try it. Was bitterly disappointed. The lentils had a reasonable flavour but I didn't think the prawns added anything to the dish at all. Might try the lentils again, but would serve with white fish (with chilli, lemon etc).

emmafrost's picture
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Absolutely delicious! I didn't have any rice wine vinegar so used red wine vinegar instead but still turned out great. Will definitely make this again and again.

donnalovescheese's picture
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Absolutely gorgeous. Couldn't find puy lentils so had to use a can of green lentils instead which worked well. Don't know if it was because of the lentil substitution tho but the portion sizes were tiny.

martinaloeb's picture
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I loved the flavour of the prawns, but the lentils were not for us. I will not be making the lentil part again

scarer's picture
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Will definitely make again. Very tasty. I made the lentils in good veg stock for extra flavour. The only down side was that I seem to have a lot of washing up!

suzannethorne's picture
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Really enjoyed it. I added red peppers before cooking the prawns. Will be cooking this again.

debbansko's picture

This was so tasty and a right hit with my partner, lentils wouldn't normally be his first choice but he has requested this again and I wil do it again for him and a friend tonight.

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