Cilantro Lentils

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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1 1/2 cups dried red lentils, rinsed

1 large tomato, chopped

1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and minced

3/4 teaspoon turmeric

Large pinch of cayenne pepper

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Juice of 1 lemon


  1. Combine the lentils, 6 cups water, the tomato, ginger, turmeric, cayenne and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and cook, vigorously whisking occasionally, until the lentils are broken up and the mixture is thick, about 45 minutes. 
  2. Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute; stir into the lentils along with the cilantro and lemon juice. Season with salt.