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Cooking lentils

This is an excerpt from The Prince of Transylvania's Court Cookbook
(Hungary, 16th c.)
The original source can be found at

Cooking lentils. There are two types of lentils, one of them is good when cooked, the other is not. When it's good for cooking, clean it, wash it in warm water a few times, boil it, and once boiled, put it on a copper grate and let it drain the water, crush it in a mortar. Make the same kind of sauce, cut some onions and fry it in oil. Put the fried onion into it, add some black pepper, and cook them together. You can cook a fish, too. Do the same with the porridge, but use butter instead of oil.


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