Spiced lentils 

Spiced lentils


Preparation:30 min
Ready in:30 min


For servings

1 ½ cupsRed lentils rinsed
2bay leaves
1 teaspoonsalt
1Cinnamon stick
3 tablespoonsclarified butter (or oil)
1onions finely chopped
2 clovesgarlic finely chopped
fresh Ginger root peeled and grated
2 teaspoonsTurmeric
1 teaspoonCumin powder
½ teaspoonsGaram Masala
1 teaspoonChili powder
lemons (juiced)
1 teaspoonsalt
1 tablespoonchopped Cilantro
papadum to serve
Cilantro to garnish


1 Put the lentils, bay leaves, salt and cinnamon stick in pan with 3 cups of water, bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring from time to time, or until the lentils are soft. Add more water if needed to prevent the mixture becoming dry. Discard the bay leaves and cinnamon stick and set aside.
2 Heat the butter in a pan and gently fry the onion until soft but not brown then add the garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin, garam masala and chile powder. Cook for 2 minutes then stir in the cooked lentils.
3 Add the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper and gently cook for 5 more minutes, stirring all the time to prevent burning.
4 Stir in the chopped cilantro and serve garnished with the cilantro leaves and the poppadums alongside.


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