Aug 27, 2010 / 7 notes

Vegetarian Lentil Experiment Recipe #1 - Inspired by Indian Cuisine

I love lentils so I decided to try and make them on my own.  Let me start by saying, they are pretty difficult to work with, but I think my first attempt was a success.  

First, did you know lentils have 10 g of protein a serving (which is just 150 calories)?!  

I decided to make an Indian dish from scratch without a recipe, which might sound like quite the challenge but I gave it my all.  I started out by sautéing garlic and onions.  Then I added the lentils (1 cup) and two cups of water.  I let them simmer for 30-45 minutes while adding in some ingredients here and there.  Here is what I added:

  • Cayene Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Curry
  • Onion Salt
  • Little bit of Ginger

Once I realized something was missing, the final addition that made the dish amazing was good old fashioned tomato paste (1/2 small can).  I like to think that this dish was healthy but since I was adding as I went, I don’t have an exact recipe to share.  I bet it was sorta high in salt but since I don’t eat too much, I’m not too worried personally. 

Next time, I will take measurements of the ingredients.  Did I basically make a typical Indian side dish and not know it?  

  1. therealsamwampam said: this looks delicious! when u take measurements next time, i’m gonna try out this recipe!
  2. remakingmur said: i like to use cooked lentils as a substitute for ground beef. they’re excellent as “taco meat” in mexican dishes or on baked potatoes, for example. i’ve also had sloppy joes made with lentils that were pretty tasty!
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