Mshosh is a very simple and filling vegan lentil salad from Armenia. Made with a few easily available ingredients like brown lentil, dried apricot, plums, and walnuts, it’s very easy to make and tastes delicious.
Wash and soak the lentil in hot water for around 2 hours.
Put the lentil in a pot with around 2 cups of water, salt and allow to cook for around 10-15 minutes or till the lentil is nicely cooked. Don't over-cook otherwise it will turn mushy and spoil the salad. If some water is left in the lentil, strain it. Keep the cooked lentil aside.
Heat oil in a pan and add chopped onions. Cook till onions start turning brown.
Next add the chopped walnuts, apricots and plums. Mix well and cook for 4-5 minutes or till the apricots start caramelizing.
Add the cooked lentil and mix well. Cover the pan and let the lentils cook for around 2 minutes with the plums and apricots. Switch off the gas. Don't remove the lid for next 5 minutes.
Finally, garnish with chopped parsley and serve. It can be enjoyed hot, warm or cold.
Try using home-cooked dried lentil in the salad to maintain its freshness.
You will get brown lentil in different sizes, use the largest one you can find.
Don't overcook the lentil otherwise, it will make the salad mushy.
If you have apricot juice add some while cooking the lentil.
Fill the leftover salad in your pita bread sandwiches or any other sandwich to make it more flavorful and nutritious.