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uncooked red lentils

Easy Vegan Red Lentil Recipe

  • Author: phunkeymunkey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 portions 1x
  • Category: red lentils
  • Method: pan, boil
  • Cuisine: Indian, Middle eastern
  • Diet: Vegan


Red lentils are easy to cook but packed with protein, iron, fibre and B vitamins. If you are new to plant based diets (or new to cooking) then this is a great recipe for both beginners and more experienced cooks. Serve with a green salad and basmati rice. Notes: I’m not American but often use ‘cups’ in my cooking because its so easy. 



  • 1 cup uncooked red lentils
  • 3 cups of water
  • oil for cooking
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 large white onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 de-seeded green chilli, finely minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • juice from half a lemon
  • Fresh coriander, picked and chopped


  1. Cook 1 cup of red lentils with 3 cups of water on a medium heat for 20 mins.
  2. In a separate pan, fry the cumin seeds and cinnamon stick in vegetable oil on a medium heat for 60-90 seconds until fragrant.
  3. Add 1 large diced onion, 1 minced green chilli, 4 cloves minced garlic and a thumb sized piece of grated ginger. Cook for 4-5 mins until the onions are translucent. 
  4. Add to the pan 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1 tsp salt and 1 medium diced tomato. Cook for 2-3 mins until the tomato starts to fall apart and at this point discard the cinnamon stick.
  5. Once the lentils are cooked, drain off any excess water. Stir the cooked lentils into the onion mixture and add juice from half a lemon. Adjust seasoning, garnish with freshly chopped coriander and serve immediately. 

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