Posted by: weezl74 | April 14, 2010

tomato, lentil and olive steamed pudding


300g SR flour

90ml oil

enough water to make into a soft stretchy dough (I took 5 tablespoons)


1 can plum tomaoes

7og olives

50g red lentils

garlic, s and p, herbs (oregano)

cook all of the filling ingredients in a pan for approx 15 mins until the lentils have begun to absorb the liquid from the canned tomatoes, meanwhile prepare your pastry.

Line your 7 inch pudding basin with approx 1/2-1 cm thick layer of pastry (keeping 1/3rd for a lid, then fill with the tomato and olive mix, and then use the remaining third as a lid. this will only fill your basin to approximately 3/4 full, but don’t worry, it will grow when you steam it.

Pleat a piece of foil once in the centre and tie round the top or use a large elastic band and steam for approx 3-4 hrs in the slo cooker until the pastry is bulging above the top of your pudding basin :)

serve with 80g carrots per person and 250g potato per person



  1. This sounds lovely – just the sort of recipe that you read sometimes and suddenly feel hungry. However, I’ve never yet steamed anything in my slowcooker. The instruction manual is not the most helpful one I’ve come across either. How much water do you put in the main crock “pot” to steam the pud please? Do you start on high and then reduce the temperature? Sorry but I don’t want to do it wrong and waste anything.

    I do appreciate all these ideas on this blog. We are also saving madly for something large and every penny from our income that is not spent is a penny nearer our goal. We’ve got nettle soup tonight for dinner – tasty, cheap and a tonic into the bargain because it is full of vitamins and minerals.

    • hiya jo,

      I usually make sure there’s a good 2-3 inches of water, but if your lid is tight fitting you shouldn’t lose any, so you can get away with less 🙂

      Nettles are great aren’t they, really high in iron and calcium too…

      • Thanks for that. Our meals are sorted for this week now but I’m hoping to give this a go at the weekend. That way I can keep an eye on the water level and check the timing for our slocooker and know what I’m doing next time when I’m out of the house. I wonder if it is possible to set the slocooker to come on at lunchtime with one of those timer thingies… Have to give that a try maybe.

        We ended up with sausages last night and the nettle soup will be tonight. On Monday I had happened on a pack of posh sausages reduced to 40p and discovered that my husband had put them in the fridge and not the freezer… They were very nice but I had been looking forward to nettle soup all day at work. So I can look forward to it all day today instead.

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