Lentils with spices.


It is hard to find a dish as healthy and affordable as lentils with rice. This recipe is my creation, after making hundreds of different curries, i have come up with this version. It is really tasty and aromas in a kitchen are unbelievable.


Lentils- 300 g

Onion- 1 (finely diced)

Curry leaves- one stem of leaves

Yellow mustard seeds- 1/2 tea spoon

Garlic- 4-5 cloves

Ginger- 1 inch

Coriander ground- 1 tea spoon

Cumin ground- 1 tea spoon

Turmeric-  1 tea spoon

Black pepper ground- 1 tea spoon

Red chilies (optional) if you like hot food, add 1 tea spoon

Canned crushed tomatoes- 1 can

Boiled water- 2 cups

Oil or ghee


Thoroughly wash lentils and soak it in a water for an 1-2 hours.

I always get spices ready before hand, so you don’t have to run around looking for them.

Heat an oil or ghee in a pot, add curry leaves and mustard seeds, wait for them to pop. Add diced onion, reduce heat to medium and stirring frequently fry till soft and golden color.

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Add chopped/crushed garlic and ginger to onions and fry for a couple of minuets.

Now add all your spices, and fry them really well, stirring all the time, if the mixture is too dry add more oil/ghee. After stirring for 2-3 minuets, add drained lentils and stir for 2-3 minuets.

Add canned tomatoes and stir it in, then add 2 cups of boiled water, stir, cover, reduce the heat to a minimum. It should take 30-40 minuets to get ready. Return to it frequently and stir, if necessary add more water. Taste it, if the lentils are soft, your meal is ready. At this stage i take out half of lentils and blend it, till smooth, then add it back to the pot. You will get a nice mixture with smoothness and a bit of crunch.

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You should start on your rice now, so all is ready at the same time. I use rice cooker for my rice, and i find it the only and best way to make perfect rice.

You can have lentils on it’s own, or with rice.

7 thoughts on “Lentils with spices.

  1. Can you tell me what curry leaves are, and could I sub cilantro? I live in a small- to medium-sized town in the deep South of the U.S., and it can be hard to get ingredients. We do have one pretty good Indian restaurant here, so maybe they could help. Thanks!

    1. Hi, the picture is the one just under the directions. I live in Perth, Western Australia, and i found that getting curry leaves is a problem. So i grow my own plant, it gives a lot and is very easy to maintain. I highly recommend to plant one. The aroma from the leaves is amazing! I will add the picture to the post, i can’t add to this message for some reason.
      Each of these stems is 3$, and very hard to find.Otherwise, you can probably find them in Asian shops.

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