Lentils with Celeriac

Some lentils, cleriac, nuts and  a bit of seasoning - amazing that something so simpel can taste this increadible

Some lentils, cleriac, nuts and a bit of seasoning – amazing that something so simpel can taste this increadible

Do you already own Yotoma Ottolenghi’s amazing recipe book ‘Plenty’? No? It is a collection of extremely creative and unbelievably tasty vegetarian recipes.

I already shared recipes based on his chickpea pancakes and his lentils with roast vegetables and grilled aubergine. As I mention in this last post, I will not be sharing many of his recipes as you really should buy his book. But to whet your appetite, here is one more wonderful dish.

And just so you know: I have cooked a few other dishes from the book. I loved them, but will not share them with you. I will not even tell you what they are called so you cannot search for them on-line. You will just have to get the book yourself and explore 🙂

A big thank you to RE for the beautiful little dishes I served the lentils in. Such a lovely present – you know me so well 🙂


( hardly altered from Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipe from ‘Plenty’)
Serves 3-4

60g whole hazelnuts
200g Beluga or Puy Lentils
700ml water
2 bay leaves
4 sprigs of thyme
1 small celeriac (about 650g)
4 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp hazelnut oil (alternatively use walnut oil)
3 tbsp balsamic (or red-wine) vinegar
4 tbsp chopped mint
salt, black pepper 


  1. Preheat oven to 140C..
  2. Scatter hazelnuts on a baking tray and roast for 15 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool and chop roughly.
  4. Combine lentils, water, bay leaves and thyme in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or all dente.
  5. Drain in a sieve and discard leaves and thyme.
  6. Peel the celeriac and cut into 1 cm chips.
  7. Bring water to the boil. Add salt and cook celeriac for 8-12 minutes or until just tender. Drain.
  8. Mix the hot lentils (if they are cool they will not absorbe the flavours of the dressing) with olive oil, 2 tbsp of the hazelnut oil, vinegar, pepper and plenty of salt.
  9. Add three quarters of the celeriac and stir. Adjust seasoning.
  10. To serve warm: stir in half the mint and half the hazelnuts. Spoon on a serving dish and drizzle with the remaining tbsp of hazelnut oil. Garnish with the rest of the celeriac, mint and nuts.
  11. To serve cold: allow the lentils to cool and adjust seasoning again; possibly adding some more vinegar as well. When you are ready to serve finish the dish the same was as when serving hot.

Serve with

  • As a vegetarian main with a side salad. Yotam recommends radish, cucumber, dill dressed with sour cream and olive oil
  • As a side dish to a plain steamed white fish
  1. I’ve heard about the book, and it is definitely on the ‘to buy’ list, but I think I”ll have to run out and grab it now. Great recipe. Celeriac is such an underrated ingredient!

  2. Sophie33 said:

    I so agree here! A lovely combo of tasty ingredienst beautifully combined here!

    • afracooking said:

      The result is really amazing!

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