Garlic prawns with Asian puy lentils

Garlic prawns with Asian puy lentils

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins Plus marinating

Easy

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

  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal349
  • fat12g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre5g
  • protein33g
  • salt1.89g
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Ingredients

  • 400g raw, peeled tiger prawn, defrosted if frozen
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • zest and juice 1 lime
    Lime

    Lime

    ly-m

    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 200g Puy lentil
    Lentils

    Lentils

    len-til

    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

For the dressing

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp sesame seed, toasted
  • bunch coriander, leaves roughly chopped

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.

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ssalva
13th Dec, 2012
5.05
An unusual combination but absolutely delicious. Made it several times, a huge favourite for a quick light and healthy meal.
gill_david
6th Oct, 2012
2.05
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
19th Aug, 2012
5.05
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
31st Mar, 2012
5.05
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
5th Aug, 2011
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
10th Jun, 2011
1.05
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
10th May, 2011
2.05
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
2nd May, 2011
5.05
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
18th Apr, 2011
5.05
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
21st Mar, 2011
2.05
I loved the flavour of the prawns, but the lentils were not for us. I will not be making the lentil part again

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