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By: Enrique Gili on June 4, 2014, 1:06 p.m.
Red Lentils with Onions

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Red Lentils with Onions

Mexican and Indian recipes share common ingredients. The seasoning profile of this dish is reminiscent of vegetarian chili.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 40 to 50 minutes

Yield: Feeds 6

Roast Potatoes


  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 1 thumb-sized knob ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 oz. olive oil
  • 1 to 2 tbs. paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups red lentils, rinsed
  • 4 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 tbs. tomato paste
  • 1 tbs. garlic chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped


  1. Place the onion, garlic and ginger in a food processor or blender. Pulse until a thick paste forms.
  2. Heat oil in large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Add turmeric, paprika and cayenne pepper and stir rapidly until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add onion puree and sauté until onion loses its raw aroma, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Add lentils and water to the skillet. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until lentils are tender, about 30-40 minutes. Add water if needed.
  5. Stir in tomato, chili sauce and salt. Stir and simmer about 10 ten minutes. Plate cooked lentils with cilantro on a bed of basmati rice.