Garlic Prawns with Puy Lentils Recipe

Lentils with prawns are one of those wonderful combinations that surprise. Two such disparate ingredients merge in a perfect embrace of flavors and good properties that will make this recipe one of the most desired that exist. Cooking with a somewhat daring range of flavors can be a good idea to get out of our safety zone. 

Lentils are a legume that should be part of our weekly menu and to incorporate them, nothing better than some good prawns that will turn them into an unconventional dish.  If you feel like trying an original, healthy and delicious dish, take note of this incredible recipe.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

400g fresh prawns deshelled and deveined or frozen prawns, defrosted
1 pinch of dried chilli flakes
1 lime, zest and juice
1 clove garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
200g dried lentils

For the Dressing:
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp clear honey
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
3 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
small bunch of fresh coriander leaves, chopped

1. Place the prawns in a shallow bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the dried chilli flakes, lime zest and juice, garlic and oil and the pour over prawns. Cover and place in the fridge to chill and marinade.

2. Wash the lentils under running water and place them in a deep-based pan with double their depth of water.

3. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes until tender, adding more water if necessary.

4. For the dressing, put the soy sauce, honey and vinegar in a small bowl and stir to mix the flavours.

5. Drain the cooked lentils and empty them into a large bowl. Spoon over most of the dressing and add the toasted sesame seeds.

6. Heat the frying pan. Spoon the prawns out of the marinade and fry for 1-2 minutes until golden.

7. Pour in the marinade and bring it to a boil.

8. Fold the chopped coriander leaves through lentils.

9. Top with the prawns and any juices remaining in the pan.