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    Roman recipes
    Lentil stew

    • 100g/3 oz lentils
    • 1 onion
    • 125 ml/4fl oz red wine
    • 1 tsp cumin seeds
    • 1 tsp dried dill tops
    • A sprig of thyme
    • A sprig of oregano
    • A handful of fresh parsley
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • A pinch of aniseed
    • Sea salt
    • Thinly slice an onion and fry it gently in olive oil until soft and just turning brown.
    • Add 1 pint of water, the red wine and the lentils.
    • Grind the cumin and aniseed in a bowl and stir these into the liquid together with the dill.
    • Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer, covered, for about 45 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
    • Just before serving, stir in finely chopped thyme and oregano after.
    • Garnish with coarsely chopped parsley and serve
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