Guys, I have a treat for you. I hadn’t had this dish for years when I had this yesterday. I ate so much my stomach started hurting and since I eat every 3 hours, I was watching the clock like a hawk waitig for the 3 hours to pass so I could have some more.
The image you see above is palpine, so if you have any idea what that is called in Norwegian or English, please let me know. We only know of one spot in Oslo that sells this and it’s almost always sold out because it’s so popular.
Edit: this is called purslane in English and portulakk in Norwegian.
It has a very special taste that I can’t really explain, but it really is very very delicious. For this stew you need:
120g nisk (red lentils)
half a white onion
1,6 dl water
oil and salt
This was made at my mums house and she didn’t measure the oil. She just poured it in, but it was a lot seeing as when she put the lentils in, they were completely covered.
So, here’s what you do. Chop up your onion and fry it in the oil. When they are golden, you add the lentils (remember to wash them first) and wait a couple of seconds before adding 6 dl of water.
You put that on medium/high heat and let it boil for about 10 minutes or so until the lentils start looking yellow and soft like the image below.
You then add 2 full spoons of tomato puré as well as the palpine and the rice.
This is where you add the rest of the water and salt to your taste. You could also add a pinch of citric acid to get the full taste of the palpine out.
Put your heat up to max and as soon as it starts boiling, put it down to medium-low and keep it there. When you put the heat down, wait a couple of minutes before you put the lid on so it doesn’t boil over. It should stay for 45 minutes or so. When it starts thickening a bit, you know it’s done. Make sure to stir it once in a while and making sure the water isn’t too low. You shouldn’t have to add anymore water; if you do then your heat is too high.
This is perfect hot or cold, in summer or winter, for dinner or lunch. It’s not only vegetarian but also vegan. It’s just.. perfect.
Now.. enjoy! :)