A long time ago before I knew anything about Spherification I used to improvise with a technique using agar. So I decided for old time sake to do a small test using this same technique, this is not going to be used for the restaurant! So basically we were having some Spanish Lentils with Chorizo for lunch and the jus was very tasty. So I took a small part and also some lentils and pureed the mix, added some agar then boiled it.
The technique of dripping a mix containing agar into a container of oil which has been in the freezer was told to me by a Danish friend of mine. The idea is the oil can hold the very low temperature and is dense enough that the agar slowly falls and sets before it reaches the bottom. It is a very curious technique that had many applications before but now with the advances we have made in Spherification and other such techniques it has been put on the shelf as there are many other better and more precise ways to do things.
After this photo was taken I figured out a way to drip the mix from a little higher to make the mix form into flat little discs which looked exactly the same as the form of a lentil.