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By Simon Bryant

... or how to shut 4 hungry people up in about an hour!

Spill out half a pack of dirt(y) inc big red bolt lentils (or any other unhulled red lentil) and throw in a pot to cook...just follow the packet directions.

Grab 4 reasonable sized eggplants, lightly olive oil some foil and wrap 'em up like baked spuds and cook in a medium oven until mushy (about 40 mins at 180° C).

Gently cut in half (keep the skins though, you'll need them in a minute), scoop all the flesh out and blend this with a couple of stupidly big tablespoons of both tahini and Greek yogurt, add juice of a lemon and a good whack of sea salt...kinda like making babaganoush!

Dollop the mix back into the eggplant skins, chuck some lentils on top, with a good douse of olive oil, a crack of black pepper, an extra pinch of good sea salt, and smoked
paprika (if you want to be all fancy) and garnish with roughly chopped parsley.

If youre really hungry chuck the eggplant on top of some soft cheesy polenta.

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