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Vegan lentil salad Mshosh served in a white and grey ceramic bowl kept on a grey napkin
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Armenian Vegan Lentil Salad-Mshosh

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.
Course Salad
Cuisine Armenia
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword Armenian salad, lentil salad, Mshosh, Vegan salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Lentil soaking time 2 hours
Servings 5 people
Calories 320kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried brown lentil
  • 1 medium-sized onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried plums roughly chopped to big chunks
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots roughly chopped to big chunks
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Ground black pepper as per taste
  • Salt as per taste

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 745mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 872IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 4mg