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Red lentil and Rosemary Bread

This bread is inspired by one of the Hemsley sisters who produced her own cookbook « East by West » on all things Ayurveda.

 

I’ve made mine with red lentils rather than mungo beans which I found a little too chewy. It makes it particularly beautiful and is also an easy to digest bread thanks to the double soaking and fermenting time. I’m a big fan of fermentation. In this case it means that good bacteria can start taking over the dough and digesting the sugars making it easy for your body to digest it. Don’t worry though because after that the prep takes minutes and the cooking about 30 minutes only.

I like to soak the whole lentils first overnight, then the next morning I rinse them, place them in my food processor and leave them to ferment all day. In the evening all I have to do is to add the last bits and pieces, oil and water, whizz it then bake it for about 30 minutes.

As usual with my breads, once cooled, I slice it and freeze the slices. They will be perfect toasted and served with your favourite savoury dish or topping – avocado, hummus, tahini or with soup.. or simply dipped in delicious olive oil.

INGREDIENTS

  • 250g red lentils
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary (or 1tsp of dried)
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ – 1/3 tsp salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 120ml of warm water

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Soak the red lentils in water overnight (or anytime for 8-12 hours).
  • In the morning, drain the lentils and blend to a rough paste in a food processor or blender (you can do it with a stick blender)
  • Leave the beans in the food processor bowl or cover them in a bowl and leave at room temperature for the day (about 8-12 hours)
  • When ready to bake it, pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4/200c and line a cake tin with baking parchment.
  • Mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl and then mix in the bean ferment.
  • Pour into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Leave to cool for 10 minutes before cutting into slices. It is delicious warm or cold.
  • Freeze the slices if you want to have handy bread whenever. All you will need to do is to take the number of slices desired and toast them.
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