- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1cm piece ginger, finely chopped
Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…
- 1 tsp tomato purée
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp garam masala
Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…
- 200g basmati rice
- 850ml vegetable stock
- 140g red lentils, washed and drained
- 200g bag spinach leaves, chopped
Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…
- handful mint leaves, chopped
There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…
- 8 peppers
Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…
Heat the oil in a large saucepan with a lid. Add the onion, garlic and ginger, then gently cook for 5 mins until softened. Stir in the tomato purée and spices, and cook for 1 min more. Add the rice, stir to coat, then pour in the stock. Bring to the boil, tip in the lentils, cover with the lid and leave to cook over a low heat for 15 mins, until the lentils and rice are cooked. Stir through the spinach and mint (see tip below, if freezing).
Use a sharp knife to slice the top off each pepper. Cut out the middle stalk and scoop out any seeds. Carefully trim the bottoms slightly so they stand upright, but the filling won't fall out. Fill each pepper with the rice mix and place the lid on top. Bake or wrap tightly in cling film or freezer bags and freeze.
To cook, defrost peppers completely if frozen. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Place the peppers on a lightly greased baking tray and cook for 25-30 mins or until the peppers have softened. Serve with a green salad tossed with cucumber, herbs and a dollop of yogurt.
Freezing riceTo safely freeze rice, make sure you cool the cooked rice as quickly as possible – spread it out on a tray and leave for no longer than 1 hr. Then fill the peppers and freeze straight away. You should only reheat the rice once after defrosting.