Sweet Potato hotpot (vegetarian)

A vegetarian, spicy version of a classic. Serves 3-4.

Regarding dried pulses, use whatever is safe for you. I used red lentils, split peas and barley in my version of the dish but a scotch broth mix or any grains/pulses that you enjoy will work fine.

The cup measure is approximate. I guage it against a standard drinking mug.

2-3 cups (cooked volume), mixed safe pulses and grains (see note above) – pre-cooked and soaked according to packet instructions

3 tbsp cooking oil of choice. I used rapeseed

2 small or 1 large onions, peeled and sliced

3 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly sliced

2 sweet peppers, cored and chopped

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into rings

2 tsp safe yeast extract – I use Tesco’s own

1 veggie stock pot – again, look at Tesco’s own brand, or else use 2 tsp vegetable stock boullion

1 tsp crushed chillies OR  tsp roughly crushed black peppercorns

1 tsp cumin seeds

good pinch salt

2 tsp paprika (optional)

  1. Fry onion and garlic in 1 tbsp of the oil until soft and beginning to colour. Tip into an oven safe casserole dish
  2. Fry sweet pepper in 1 tbsp oil until it starts to brown, then add to dish with onion
  3. Stir cooked pulses/grains into fried onion and peppers in dish
  4. In final 1 tbsp oil, fry sweet potato slices until they begin to turn golden. Layer on top of pulses/fried vegetable mix.
  5. Mix remaining ingredients with approx 300mls boiling water. Stir well to dissolve stock then pour over dish. If stock not absorbed by pulses, agitate dish gently with a spoon, being careful not to dislodge potato slices on the top. It is important that some stock sits over potato slices so if you don’t have enough, add a little more water.
  6. Bake in a hot oven for 30-40 minutes or until the top goes a rich, deep brown colour and the stock has caramelised slightly. Check at 20 minutes and if potatoes seem to be burning on the edges, push them gently back under the stock.
  7. Serve on its own or with crusty bread, grated cheese and a pickle you like/can tolerate. I enjoyed this with home-prepared pickled red cabbage.
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