This Avoca ‘Good Mood’ vegetarian chilli recipe is packed full of nourishing sources of veggie protein like lentils for a hearty and satisfying dish, which won a Great Taste Award this year.
– 2 tbsp olive oil
– 1 large onion, finely diced
– 6-8 cloves garlic, finely chopped
– 1 tbsp fresh root ginger, peeled and grated
– 1 tsp smoked chipotle chilli flakes
– 1 tsp ground cumin
– 1 tsp smoked paprika
– 1 red pepper, chopped into small dice
– 50g Puy lentils
– 50g beluga lentils
– 50g bulgur wheat
– 50g pearl barley
– 1 x 450 gram tin of cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
– 150ml white wine
– 300g tomato passata
– 250ml fresh vegetable stock
– 50g fresh coriander, chopped
– Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
1. Soak the lentils, barley and bulgur in cold water for an hour and then drain.
2. In a very large pot sweat the diced onion & pepper in the olive oil on a very low heat until translucent, then add the spices, chilli, garlic and ginger and cook for a further 3-4 minutes until fragrances are released.
3. Next, increase the heat slightly and add the wine, let it cook out for a couple of minutes, then add the tomato and 2 cups of stock along with the soaked grains, lentils & chickpeas and simmer gently for around 20 minutes or until grains and lentils are soft and plump. You may need to add extra stock as it simmers and the grains absorb the liquid, just keep topping it up as needed.
4. Season well with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, then add freshly chopped coriander.
5. Serve with short-grain or basmati brown rice, some guacamole, a dollop of yoghurt for a healthy heart warming dish.
Avoca is an Irish family-run business that spans one of the world’s oldest surviving manufacturing companies and Ireland’s most exciting stores. .
From a small tea and coffee station selling home baking in the corner of one of the shops, the Avoca food experience has taken on a life of its own.
Avoca Cafés have been a fixture in the Bridgestone 100 Best Restaurants each year since 1997 and they feature in good eating guides everywhere. Many dishes have earned important awards such as Great Taste stars over the years. Avoca employs over 700 great people at 11 locations across Ireland and wholesale retails to dozens of countries worldwide. All from a modest handweaving mill that was established in a rural Irish village in 1723.