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Recipe: Entree - Fried Lentils

This one's an old favorite for me, one of the first recipes that I started making repeatedly as a stop-gap between more ambitious recipes. It's the very definition of what I look for in the entree's that I post to this site: simple, short prep times with dirt cheap ingredients. Lentils are such a super-healthy foodstuff that this makes for a great re-heated lunch and the recipe can easily be scaled up to make even more leftovers to save time in the future.


  • 2 cups of red or green lentils
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 medium or large onion, diced3-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1¼ tsp cumin
  • ¾ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp coriander
  • salt and pepper to taste


You have two options for how to prep your lentils: Pre-soak the lentils for 2 or more hours -or- Boil them separately. If you are boiling the lentils, add them (after rinsing) to 4 cups water . Bring the water to a light boil and reduce heat to low, simmering for 20-30 minutes.

Whether you pre-soak or boil, make sure the lentils are nice and tender before starting. Heat the oil in a large pan or wok on medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until soft and translucent, 5-10 minutes.

When the onion is nearly done, add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Combine the spices and add them to the garlic and onion, stirring lightly. Add the prepared lentils and cook, stirring occasionally, 10-15 minutes. Make sure to add water as necessary to keep the lentils cooking until they are just starting to get crispy.


  • If you want a real treat, try roasting some fenugreek seeds before starting in with the oil and onions.
  • This recipe can easily be made into a delicious soup with a few more ingredients (think carrots and other vegetables) and a whole lot more water. I still prefer the fried version as I haven’t cracked the mystery of safely transporting soup just yet. If you do make this as a simple soup, though, make sure to serve it over rice for an extremely tasty and healthy meal.
  • Spices and spice mixtures are a major component of South Asian cooking so feel free to experiment with amounts and similar spices found in other similar dishes. The simplified ‘coriander, cumin, turmeric’ mixture is just my preferred quick and easy way of doing this quick and easy recipe. Curry powder should work fine as well!

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