Cow parsley and yarrow lentil balls

This recipe for cow parsley and yarrow lentil balls is Nicola’s take on a Lebanese dish and they are absolutely delicious.

Take a look at this post about telling the difference between cow parsley and hemlock
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  • 1 handful of wild garlic
  • 1 handful of cow parsley or 1 handful of yarrow leaves
  • 150g red lentils
  • 100g quinoa
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 1 tbsp of tomato puree
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp of chilli powder
  • 60mls of olive oil

How to make the cow parsley and yarrow lentil balls

  • Rinse the lentils and place them in a pan with 400mls of water
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 15mins
  • Rince the quinoa and place in a pan with 300mls of water, bring to a boil and simmer for 20mins
  • Combine the lentils and quinoa in a mixing bowl
  • Put the oil in a frying pan, add the diced onion and gently fry for 5 mins
  • Add the tomato puree, salt, cumin, chilli and cook for a further 5 mins
  • Add to the lentil and quinoa mixture
  • Add the chopped wild herbs and mix well
  • Take a dessert spoon of the mixture and form into balls

We often make these cow parsley and yarrow lentil balls on our foraging courses.

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About Gary

Lead Instructor at Jack Raven Bushcraft, teaching bushcraft, wilderness and survival skills to groups and individuals.

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