Plantin & Lentil Tacos

So, someone suggested that I should do some vegetarian or vegan dished, so, after some research and experimenting, I made this! It’s a “taco” has a bit Caribean kick to it, the lentil is cooked in a jerk spice mix, with some crunchy fried plantain. It’s easy, fast, and vegan, so lets’s make it! (this recipe makes about 8 tacos)

You’ll need: 2 ripe plantains; 1 onion; 3 cloves garlic; 1/2 cup lentils; 1/2 tbsp garlic powder; 1 tsp cayenne pepper; 1 tsp onion powder; 1 tsp sugar; 1/2 tsp salt; 1/2 tsp paprika; 1/2 tsp ground allspice; 1/4 tsp black pepper; 1/4 tsp dried crushed red pepper; 2 tbsp tomato paste; 2 lettuce heart or Belgian endive; 8 tortillas

How to make this:

  1. Mince the onion and garlic, then in a deep pan, add some olive oil and cook the onion and garlic for 5 min, then add the garlic powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, paprika, ground allspice, black pepper and dried crushed red pepper, toast the spice for a minute before adding the lentil, add the tomato paste and mix it into the toasted spice. Then add 2 cups of water with sugar and salt, cook it uncovered for about 30 min or until most water is gone
  2. While the lentil is cooking, peel the plantain, slice it into 1/4 inch thick sliced. Then in a large pan, heat some oil over medium-high heat and pan-fry them for about 3 min each side. You can also deep fry it in 170C or 340F oil for 5 min
  3. Toast some tortillas, place on some lightly seared lettuce heat or Belgian endive, then some a layer of lentil, topped with fried plantains. You can serve it with some chili sauce, fresh fruit (like pomegranate or blood orange)

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