Indian-Spiced Lentils

October  6, 2011
1 Ratings
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

After finding a surplus of lentils in the pantry (of which I am slowly trying to clean out), I decided to incorporate them with some spices and vegetables in the crisper drawer! —mtlabor

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup french green lentils
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon tumeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 white/yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  1. In a medium pot, add lentils and cover with water. Stir in tomatoes and tumeric. Bring to a rolling boil and simmer until the lentils are soft and cooked, about 30 minutes.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet under medium high heat until hot. Add bell peppers and onions. Cook until starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Add garam masala and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Season with salt, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice. Add lentil mixture and chicken stock. Bring to a slow boil and simmer for about 10 mins.
  3. Serve with steamed rice.

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6 Reviews

JCF N. April 3, 2022
This preparation was yummy. I added a few more lentils, a few cloves of chopped garlic in the sauté, and at the end, some crème fraîche. It was just what I was hoping for. Will make it again.
Jen W. July 26, 2014
This was so delicious! Thank you. Really flavorful. I used one red pepper and one zucchini and it worked well.
Tedi November 12, 2013
Hilarybee January 13, 2012
I made this for dinner tonight, as part of an Indian feast. It went over great with the not-enthused about Indian crowd.
greeneggsandham October 14, 2011
I cannot wait to cook this for dinner!
ashleychasesdinner October 6, 2011
I LOVE lentils! What a great recipe! Thanks for sharing!!