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Simple Spiced Lentils

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Lentils


These simple spices lentils are an easy and delicious main dish, made with a handful of pantry staples!



  • 1 cup dried brown lentils
  • 2 1/4 cups vegetable broth, divided
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika or paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro, chopped


  1. Place lentils in a medium-sized pot, with 2 cups of vegetable broth and 2 cups of water.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Cover, reduce, and simmer 20 minutes or until lentils are just tender.
  4. Drain any excess water from the lentils.
  5. Heat olive oil in a medium-sized skillet, over medium heat.
  6. Add chopped garlic cook for 1 minute, until fragrant.
  7. Stir in tomato sauce, remaining vegetable broth, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, ginger, cumin, turmeric, paprika, garam masala, and cooked lentils.
  8. Garnish with chopped cilantro when ready to serve.


This recipe serves two people as a main dish. Feel free to double the recipe for a larger group.

Keywords: simple spiced lentils