Lesser Celandine Stroganoff Recipe

Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) is one of the earliest spring greens to emerge.

It is also great as a potage vegetable as this recipe will prove.

Lesser Celandine Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 large bunches of Lesser Celandine leaves (picked before flowering)
  • 1 pack of Tempeh
  • 1 glass of red wine
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 250g of chestnut mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable stock
  • black pepper to taste

Serves: 2 people

Lesser Celandine Recipe Instructions

Step 1

Hunt down a patch of Lesser Celandine leaves.

Step 2

Dice the Tempeh and fry in a little oil with the Tamari.

Step 3

Heat the red wine, garlic and onion in a saucepan over a moderate heat until the onion is soft, about 5-10 minutes. Now add the sliced mushrooms and cook for a further 3 minutes.

Step 4

Stir in the paprika and Dijon mustard. Next slowly add the flour and make sure that you keep stirring quickly all the time until the flour is well mixed with the other ingredients.

Step 5

Now add the chopped Lesser Celandine leaves. Stir until wilted.

Step 6

Next add in the fried Tempeh, vegetable stock and milk. Turn the heat to low and simmer until the Stroganoff begins to thicken.

Step 7

Season with lashings of black pepper and serve either on its own or with rice or baked potato. Enjoy!


  1. I am not familiar with lesser celandine, but where I live, miner’s lettuce is an early arrival (though currently there are 14″ of snow out there). I wonder if this recipe could be made with miner’s lettuce instead.

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