A Spicy Lentil Dish

I love this dish - it's hearty (eating just a little of it will make you feel full, but in a good way), it's healthy and above all it's so easy to prepare.

I made a bunch of it yesterday afternoon and left it out until my husband came home in the evening and it tasted even better after letting all the flavors mix for a few extra hours.

So cook yourself some of these lentils sometime soon.  It's a great way to get your protein, iron and fiber.

2 cups red lentils, rinsed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1/2 tablespoon ground cardamom
1 tomato, diced
4 cups water
1/2 green chili, chopped (more or less to taste based on how spicy you want it to be)
Red pepper flakes to taste
Salt, to taste
1/2 to 1 cube vegetable bullion (optional but I always use it - it tastes better with it to be honest)

1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan.  Add the onions and sauté until translucent.
2. Add the garlic, ginger, cumin and cardamom and cook for an additional 2 minutes.  Stir to ensure nothing burns.
3. Add the lentils, water, tomato, bullion and chili.
4. Bring the lentils to a boil and then lower the heat and cover. Cook for about 20 minutes or until the lentils are cooked through.
5. Add salt and red pepper flakes to taste.

Serves 6

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Try some of these recipes as well:
Egyptian Lentil Soup
Easy Vegetable Curry
Murg Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken)


  1. Wow! It must be really aromatic and gobbleworthy! I can't help but drool badly for this bowl!

  2. I love soup and this looks so healthy and tasty! Beautiful photo!

  3. Thanks Nandini and Azita - it is uber delicious. Try and make it soon... I literally ate most of it myself :)

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  6. Lentils are so good for us & eating them all spiced up is right up my alley!

    I so love this tasty dish!

    Thanks for sharing!!! Many greets from sunny Brussels!

  7. I am in love with lentils right now. This sounds fabulous:D


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