Savory Black Lentils

February 3, 2018
Savory Black Lentils

Author Notes: Lentils on New Year's Day brings luck!
You would never guess these lentils are vegan, they are delicious and have a meaty quality.

Serves: 4-6


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, olive or sunflower, etc.
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons dried ground sage
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • salt & ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cups water as necessary

* If you are starting with DRIED BLACK LENTILS

  • 1 cup dried black lentils
In This Recipe


  1. Heat the oil in a very large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the carrots and cook 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the onions and celery; cook an additional 8-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft.
  3. Lower heat to medium-low. Add the lentils and 1/4 cup water. Add the soy sauce and vinegar. Add more water if necessary to get a porridge-like consistency
  4. Add the sage and thyme and stir well. Cook another few minutes, stirring occasionally; add salt to taste. Enjoy!

* If you are starting with DRIED BLACK LENTILS

  1. Pick through lentils to make sure there are no tiny stones or other non-lentil objects.
  2. Put one cup lentils in a saucepan and cover with 3-1/4 cups cool water, bring to a boil. Put a lid on the pot and turn off heat.
  3. LET SIT FOR AN HOUR. Remove lid and bring to a low simmer; cook as necessary until lentils are soft enough to eat, approximately 5-15 minutes.

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