Lentils With Onions

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by Ppaperdoll

An Indian recipe from Madhur Jaffrey. Can be made in advance, but when reheating, you'll need to add a little water.

Top Review by Phantom2010

Lentils with fried onions, salt and pepper and a little olive oil at the end if fantastic. I find the other spices are not needed. I always soak my lentils in water for a day before cooking them, it makes them extra tender and delicious. Also gently simmer the lentil rather than boiling, so they don't break apart.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in medium sized pan. Add cinnamon stick, bay leaves and cumin seeds and stir until bay leaves darken a little.
  2. Add onion, fry 7-8 minutes until browned.
  3. Add lentils, 750ml water, turmeric, salt, and cayenne pepper. Stir and bring to a simmer.
  4. Cover, turn heat to low and cook 45 minutes to an hour, stirring every so often until lentils are tender. Add water if mixture seems too dry.

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