Easy Red Lentils with Rice

I am always on the lookout for easy, delicious, and nutrition recipes. When a recipe meets all three criteria, I am ecstatic. This is one of them. I hope you enjoy!


1 and 1/2 cups dried red lentils, rinsed and drained ( I purchase mine at Whole Foods)

2 cups water

2 cups of broth

1 cup of tomato sauce or 1/2 can of tomato paste

1 onion, chopped

4 carrots, peeled and chopped

1-2 Tablespoons grapeseed or sunflower oil

3 cloves of garlic, chopped or pressed with garlic press

1 t. cumin

1 t. turmeric

1/2 teaspoon garam masala*

1/2 teaspoon curry powder *

2 dashes hot sauce (Tapatio, Tabasco, or Cholula Sauce works well)*

Fresh cilantro

Brown rice for serving

*Use less for a milder, less pungent flavor


Add onions, carrots into a large pan and sautee with grapeseed or sunflower oil (can tolerate high heat) until onions are translucent. Add spices and continue stir-frying for an additional minute. Add liquids (vegetable broth and water), tomato sauce, garlic, hot sauce, dried lentils. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to simmer. Check periodically to make sure there is enough liquid and add water or broth accordingly. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes.

Serve with rice. ( I use brown basmati rice). Garnish with Fresh Cilantro.



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