Bulgur lentil pilaf with tahini-herb sauce

  • For the pilaf
  • 1L water
  • 180g green lentils, picked over and washed
  • 2 large onions, cut into 1-cm dice
  • 120ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 180g medium grind bulgur
  • 1 1/2 tsps salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 300g grape tomatoes, halved
  • 15g chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, mint, or dill, or a mix
  • Tahini-herb sauce, recipe follows
  • For the tahini-herb sauce
  • 20g flat-leaf parsley
  • 80ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 60ml water
  • 60ml tahini
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Serves: 4 main course, or 6 side dishes

For the pilaf:

1) Bring the water and lentils to a boil in a medium saucepan. Adjust the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes.

2) Meanwhile, fry the onions in the olive oil over medium heat until well browned, about 12 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

3) Add the onions, bulgur, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt to the pan with the lentils, bring to a full simmer, and then cook covered for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for an additional 15 minutes.

4) Transfer pilaf to a platter and top with the tomato and herbs. Serve drizzled with the Tahini-herb sauce.

For the tahini-herb sauce:

Puree all the ingredients in a blender or a mini food processor to make a pale green sauce. (This can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.)

Note: This sauce is also great used as a dip, spread, or salad dressing.

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