Buttered Nut and Lentil Dip

READY IN: 50mins

Practical Vegetarian Cookery

Top Review by BJ Karst

Makes an excellent spread for a pita sandwich - just add grilled veggies or salad type things, maybe a squeeze of lemon, and you have a meal. I mashed some regular tofu with a fork and stirred it in to lighten up the dip and give it a little different flavor, too.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt half the buttetr in a saucepan and fry the onion over a medium heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown.
  2. Add the lentils and vegetable stock.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently, uncovered, for about 25-30 minutes, until the lentils are tender.
  4. Drain well.
  5. Melt the remaining butter in a small skillet.
  6. Add the almonds and pine nuts and fry them over a low heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown.
  7. Remove from the heat.
  8. Put the lentils, almonds, and pine nuts, with any remaining butter, into a food processor.
  9. Add the ground coriander, cumin, ginger, and fresh cilantro.
  10. Process for about 20 seconds, until the mixture is smooth.
  11. Alternatively, press the lentils through a strainer to puree them and then mix with the finely chopped nuts, spices, and herbs.
  12. Season the dip with salt and pepper and garnish with sprigs of fresh cilantro.
  13. Serve with fresh vegetable crudites and bread sticks.

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