Lentil with Mushroom and Tomato



0.5 lb (1 cup) lentils
4 oz sliced white mushrooms
6 chopped plum tomatoes  (skin removed)
4 oz chopped onion or leek
1 small hot chili pepper
4 oz chopped bell pepper
2 pressed garlic cloves
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon sugar
4 cups cold water
1 tablespoon rapeseed oil
fresh ground black pepper


In a medium pot, bring water to a boil. Add lentils and cook until tender but not overcooked about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pressed garlic, saute about 1 minute, then add chopped onion or leek, saute about 1 minute, after that add chopped bell peppers, hot pepper and saute 2 minutes, then add mushrooms and saute 1-2 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes and cook about 5 minutes. Place all cooked vegetables and cooked lentils (don’t drain add remained water too) into a large pot. Combine together, add tomato paste and season with salt, fresh ground black pepper and sugar, cook  about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. If the mixture is too thick add more water. Serve hot as side dish or  main dish.