Recipe courtesy of Michele Urvater

Spiced Cracked Wheat and Lentils for Grown-Ups

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 35 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon each ground ginger and minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon each turmeric, paprika, ground coriander and cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cumin

3/4 cup each of cracked wheat and red lentils

3 cups water

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 tomatoes, seeded and chopped

2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced, optional

Plain yogurt and 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. Heat oil and butter in a large sauce pan. Add ginger, garlic, turmeric, paprika, coriander, cinnamon and cumin and saute for a couple of minutes. Add cracked wheat and lentils and saute for 2 to 3 minutes to coat with oil. Add water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and cover; cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until wheat and lentils are tender (if water is evaporating too quickly, add more). Adjust seasoning. Transfer mixture to a serving bowl and garnish with tomatoes, and jalapenos. Center some yogurt in middle of the dish and garnish with cilantro.
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