Mum’s Everyday Red Lentils

Mum’s Everyday Red Lentils

Servings 6 servings
Calories 140kcal


  • 1 cup Red Lentils
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 onion medium
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger root
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 serrano pepper
  • ½ tsp cumin seed
  • ½ tsp yellow mustard seed
  • ½ tsp turmeric ground
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • ¼ cup cilantro


  • Put the lentils in a strainer and rinse them under running water.
  • Add them to a bowl, cover with water and let soak for 30 minutes.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups of water, the onions, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, chill, if using, and the lentils. DO NOT ADD SALT YET — it will toughen the lentils, thereby lengthening their cooking time.
  • Lower the heat, cover the pot with a lid and gently simmer until the lentils are tender, almost translucent, and almost falling apart, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Whisk the lentils, releasing its natural starch, and mash some them so the mixture becomes thick. Add salt, to taste.

Tempering Oil (bagaar)

  • In a small bowl, combine the cumin and mustard seeds. In another bowl, combine the spice powders. Have all the ingredients ready because this will move very fast!
  • In a small skillet, over a medium-high flame, warm 1 tablespoon oil.
  • Once the oil is shimmering, add seeds and immediately cover so you don't get covered in spluttering oil and seeds!
  • Add the spices.
  • They should sizzle and bubble a little – that's the blooming and it's exactly what you want. Don't let them burn.
  • The mixture should bloom for about 30 seconds, no more.
  • Pour the oil mixture into the lentils, standing back so you don't get hurt when the mixture splutters again.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Transfer the lentils to a serving dish and garnish with cilantro.


Nutrition Facts
Mum's Everyday Red Lentils
Amount Per Serving (175 g)
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 23
% Daily Value*
Fat 2.5g4%
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 152mg4%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 8g16%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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