Tomato and pepper vegan lecho (lesco)
Lesco or Lecho is a traditional Hungarian dish that is often eaten at Easter across Eastern Europe. It is very popular in Poland, Czech Republic, Russia and the Ukraine and is sometimes called Hungarian Ratatouille because it contains a mix of stewed peppers, onions and tomatoes, similar to the classic French favourite. Traditionally the Lecho vegetables are fried in bacon fat or lard before they are stewed but this is not important to the dish. You can use vegetable oil or olive oil equally well and the smoked paprika will add the smoky flavour that hints of bacon.
Lecho is delicious and this cruelty free Vegan version of this classic dish loses nothing by its absence of pork-based meat. The important thing about Lecho is that it should be hot, spicy and smoky and in my opinion (and I may be biased I admit) this Eastern Europe vegetable stew dish wins hands down over ratatouille. More flavour, more spice and more oomph!
Use different coloured bell peppers for a blast of rainbow colours and plenty of smoked Hungarian paprika for the rich smoky taste.