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Spiced Lentils in Tomato Sauce


75 min

Spiced Lentils in Tomato Sauce

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75 min


4 persons




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Author: Monica Feluchi

Mmm… This dish is so amazing - nutrient, fragrant, healthy and exquisitely tasty! The dish we are talking about is “Sliced lentils in tomato sauce”. Your family will certainly like this traditional Indian dish. I am sure you will be asked for more!


  • green lentils: 1 cup
  • basmati rice: 1 cup
  • salt: 1 tsp
  • onion: 1 piece
  • ginger: 1 piece (1 cm)
  • carrots: 1 piece
  • tomatoes: 2 piece
  • oil: 3 Tbsp
  • curry: 2 tsp (powder)
  • garam masala: 1 tsp (optional)
  • red ground pepper: 0.25 tsp
  • sugar: 1 tsp
  • cilantro: 1 bunch (small)
  • lemon juice: 2 Tbsp

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Stages of cooking

  1. Wash the lentils, take a pot, pour 2.5 cups water in it, add lentils, bring to a boil, then add salt and cook on low heat for about 20-30 minutes.

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  2. Take another pot. Rinse the rice, put into boiling water, cover with the lid and cook over low heat for 10-12 minutes.

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  3. Peel the onion and ginger and chop them well. Peel the carrot, slice into thin strips. Chop the cilantro, add 2 tablespoons of squeezed lemon juice. Blanch the tomatoes, peel them and cut into small cubes.

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  4. Take a frying pan and heat the oil over medium heat, sauté the onion and ginger for about 3 minutes.

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  5. Add curry, garam masala, red pepper and cook for about one minute, stirring the dish.

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  6. Then add the carrot and cook for 3 more minutes, stirring it well.

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  7. Now, add tomatoes, 0.5 cup of hot water, and 1 teaspoon of sugar.  Stir the dish well once again, cover with a lid and stew for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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  8. Finally, add the lentils and cook for about 5 minutes. When done, sprinkle the dish with lemon juice and chopped cilantro, mix well and serve over the cooked rice. Bon appétit!

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History of the Spiced Lentils in Tomato Sauce:

Spiced Lentils in Tomato Sauce is a traditional Indian dish that has been enjoyed for years. Lentils, known as dal in India, are a favourite ingredient in Indian cooking, as they are an excellent source of protein and are particularly useful for vegetarians. This dish is known for its unique combination of flavours and texture, with the lentils and vegetables cooked in a pungent tomato sauce with a blend of aromatic spices.

Tips and Tricks for Spiced Lentils in Tomato Sauce Recipe:

When making Spiced Lentils in Tomato Sauce, it's important to select high-quality lentils and vegetables. Be sure to rinse the lentils thoroughly before cooking them to remove any debris or impurities. Also, soak the lentils for about 30 minutes before cooking to speed up the cooking process.

When preparing the vegetables, cut them uniformly to ensure even cooking. Cook the vegetables until they are soft and tender before adding the tomatoes and spices to the dish.

Spices play a crucial role in giving this dish its signature flavour. Be sure to use fresh and high-quality spices to get the most flavour out of the dish. You can adjust the spice level to your taste by adding more or less red pepper flakes.

Tips for presenting the dish:

When presenting Spiced Lentils in Tomato Sauce, try layering the rice at the bottom of the plate and pouring the lentil mixture on top of it. Alternatively, you can serve the lentil mixture alongside the rice in a separate bowl.

Garnish the dish with some fresh cilantro and lemon wedges to add a pop of colour and flavour. Also, consider serving some naan bread on the side to soak up the delicious sauce.

Serve the dish hot and enjoy the flavours of India right at your home!

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