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Lentil and Broccoli Gratin

kid friendly
1 spoon difficulty rating

60 minutes

Serves 4 if a bit more broccoli is added

Serves: 2-3

Lentil and Broccoli Gratin

Recommended age of child: from 8 months
Freeze time: 8-10 weeks

Taken from Viva! and VVF's Mother and Baby Guide.


  • 175g/6oz red split lentils
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2.5cm/1inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 350g/12oz broccoli, washed, trimmed, divided into florets
  • Juice and grated rind of 1 lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Soft breadcrumbs
  • Grated cheese (optional)
  • Want to see how to chop broccoli?


1. Put the lentils into a saucepan with 600ml/1pint water, bring to the boil, and then let them simmer for 20-30 minutes, until they are soft and pale.

2. Heat half the oil in another pan, add the onion and ginger and cook for 10 minutes, uncovered so that it browns a bit, stirring from time to time.

3. Steam the broccoli until it is just tender, then put it in the base of a shallow gratin dish.

4. Put the lentils into a food processor or liquidiser, with the onion mixture and the lemon, and whizz to a smooth puree. It should be the consistency of double cream; add some water or milk if it is too thick. Season.

5. Pour the lentil puree evenly over the broccoli. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs and remaining oil on top or the crumbs and cheese (if you use the cheese, you won’t need the extra oil).

6. Put under a moderate grill for about 20 minutes, until the top is brown and the inside piping hot. Alternatively, bake at 190ºC/375ºF/Gas Mark 5 for 30-40 minutes.

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