Nutritionist & Life Coach
Meeting all requirements to call myself so (i.e. none)
Published August 4th 2012
The impossible achieved - delicious lentils
At Chashar Bliss in Hawthorn the question is resoundingly answered in the affirmative. Not exclusively a vegetarian venue, Chashar does offer a number of vegetarian options, the one in question here being the Middle-Eastern Stew.
Lentils made tasty
Lentils and beans are a good alternative if you are looking to avoid animal products for reasons of health, ethics, religion or other (please specify). Lentils are in fact wonderful source of protein and if you think that a vegan diet will reduce to an emaciated waif with bony arms, pasty skin and endemic lethargy, remember that this guy is vegan.
The only problem is that like their vegan protein option cousin Tofu, lentils and beans can be viewed as falling on the bland side of the culinary spectrum.
So how do Chashar Bliss make these ingredients into something you'd happily fork out $13.50 for? The trick is the ingredients they use to build the dish. With turmeric and coriander infused in the stew the aromas are enticing. The spiced yoghurt on top adds sharpness and spice that further rounds out the dish. Completed with the siding of avocado salsa and served piping hot in a clay bowl this is one healthy dish that tastes as good as more sinful dishes.
I must admit that I am a sucker for a flat bread and the paratha they serve on the board with the rest of the dish was gratefully accepted to mop up the stew and it's condiments.
So if you're on Glenferrie Road and are looking to purge the sins of a decadent feast the night before without compromising on taste, then look no further than the Chashar Bliss Middle Eastern Stew. Your tastebuds, your digestive system and your arteries will all thank you.