This "Good Mood" Vegetarian Chilli is the perfect cure to chilly Autumn evenings. Packed full of lentils chickpeas and chilli flakes, this dish is both healthy and heart warming.

Avoca "Good Mood" Vegetarian Chilli


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh root ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon smoked chipotle chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 red pepper, chopped into small dice
  • 50 grams Puy lentils
  • 50 grams beluga lentils
  • 50 grams bulgur wheat
  • 50 grams pearl barley
  • 1 x 450 gram tin of cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 150ml white wine
  • 300 grams of tomato passata
  • 250ml fresh vegetable stock
  • 50g fresh coriander, chopped
  • Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper


  1. Soak the lentils, barley and bulgur in cold water for an hour and then drain.
  2. In a very large pot sweat the diced onion & pepper in the olive oil on a very low heat until translucent.
  3. Add the spices, chilli, garlic and ginger and cook for a further 3-4 minutes until fragrances are released.
  4. Next, increase the heat slightly and add the wine, let it cook out for a couple of minutes, then add the tomato and 2 cups of stock along with the soaked grains, lentils & chickpeas and simmer gently for around 20 minutes or until grains and lentils are soft and plump.
  5. You may need to add extra stock as it simmers and the grains absorb the liquid, just keep topping it up as needed.
  6. Season well with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, then add freshly chopped coriander.
  7. Serve with short-grain or basmati brown rice, some guacamole, a dollop of yoghurt for a healthy heart warming dish.