Lentils, garlic and tomatoes

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 45 mins

I make this as a side with grilled chicken, a main dish for my vegetarian.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in a large 2 quart pot over medium heat.
  2. Add garlic and cook until JUST turning golden.
  3. Add tomatoes and cook down to thick, around 8 minutes.
  4. Add lentils and 2 1/2 cups water.
  5. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat.
  6. Simmer 30 minutes.
  7. Add the salt and lemon juice.
  8. Mix well.
Most Helpful

The beauty of this recipe is in its simplicity, accompanied by the fact that it tastes absolutely fantastic!!! The garlic compliments the tang of the tomatoes perfectly. I did have to add some more water because the lentils just sucked them up, but besides that all the amounts given in the recipe are perfect! I had this in one bowl over "tortilla" chips made from chappatis for a scrumptious and satisfying dinner. Diana, thank you so much for this!

Anu June 20, 2002

This was really delicious. The lemon juice is the winning ingredient in this recipe. I enjoyed this for lunch this afternoon with low-fat yogurt and bread, thanks for sharing! BTW, I followed Anu's suggestion and added more water as the lentils really soaked up the water pretty quick!

Charishma_Ramchandani July 23, 2002

This was a quick and easy recipe that has a BIG flavor. I did not have any fresh tomatoes so I added a 16oz can of diced tomatoes along with the juices and it added even more flavor. I also added a little bit of basil and cumin and of course, crushed pepper but thats because I like it hot!

Gail11 September 02, 2002