Spicy Lentils


DSC00486I attribute this find to “M” yet again! He’s been great at finding new recipes for us to try, plus he’s my trusty partner in the kitchen every day. We have a nice little groove going. It’s nice to have company while cooking.

He found this one in Joanne Wier’s “From Tapas to Meze” cookbook. It’s pretty easy, so it’s perfect for a weeknight meal or a lazy day. I’ve adapted this somewhat to fit our tastes, and here it is!

  • 1.5 C green lentils (those little French ones)
  • 3 C water or veggie stock
  • 1/2 medium onion (or 1/4 of the red onion below) – in a chunk (not chopped or anything)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • lemon zest or a strip of lemon peel
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1 t ground ginger
  • 1/2 t turmeric
  • 1 t sweet paprika
  • 1/2 t cayenne (more or less, depending on how spicy you like it)
  • 1/2 C fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 C fresh chopped cilantro
  • juice of one super-juicy lemon (or two semi-juicy ones)
  • salt, pepper
  • extra lemon wedges for serving

In a small pot, put the lentils, water, 1/2 onion, bay leaves, and lemon zest/peel. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring every now and then, for about 20 minutes until the lentils are tender and the water has been absorbed.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil. Add the red onion and sautee about 5 minutes until translucent and soft. Add the garlic and spices, cook 1 minute until fragrant and slightly toasted. Add the tomatoes  and cook another 2-3 minutes. Finally, add in the lentils, parsley, cilantro, and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper, and heat through! That’s it.

Serve it with some gluten-free vegan pitas and the extra lemon wedges (because an extra squeeze of lemon on top is yum). You could also serve this on a bed of lettuce or rice (or wild rice) or potatoes (sweet potatoes would be good!) to bulk it up a bit.

This also makes amazing leftovers, so make a big batch and have the remains for lunch the next day or two.

*I’m looking for some decent gf/vegan pitas… It’s tough! So I’m also searching for some good recipes. I found a couple online that I’m going to try, but if you have a go-to pita bread, please share!

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