Recipe by Gingernut
Another simple, delicious recipe from my friend Chris. Cooking for 40 minutes will result in completely broken down lentils and well melded flavours. If you like your lentils to retain their shape, cook for only 20 minutes. This will thicken on standing, so add more water when reheating for leftovers. Freezes well.
Top Review by KristinV
This recipe was a fantastic base for many flavourings but by itself, it was just a little bland for my family. We jazzed it up with a tbs of curry powder and a tin of kidney beans.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 red onion, finely sliced
- 2 1⁄2 cm piece fresh ginger, peeled & grated
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 large green chili pepper, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 250 g red lentils
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1⁄2 cup cilantro (aka coriander leaves)
Directions See How It's Made
- Heat a heavy based saucepan over medium heat and add oil. When hot, add onion, ginger, garlic, chilli, 1 tsp sea salt and cumin and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until onion is soft.
- Add lentils and 750 mls of water and cook, stirring occasionally, for 40 minutes over medium-low heat until lentils have dissolved. Keep an eye on the moisture level and add more water depending on desired consistency.
- Remove from heat and stir through lime juice. Top with coriander leaves.
- Serve over rice or as a soup.