Lentils are one of my favorite comfort foods. A warm bowl of these buttery brown lentils with aromatic fried garlic is a hearty and filling dish especially on a dark and wintery night. This is the food I’d take with me if I were stuck on an island!
Lentils are high in protein, fiber, and potassium. If cooked properly, they are delicious and very beneficial for a plant-based diet.
You can find brown lentils in most grocery stores these days. However, here’s a link to buying brown lentils online.
Brown Lentils with Fried Garlic
Buttery brown lentils with sweet fried garlic
- 1 cup Brown lentils (Indian brown, French or Urad lentils (soaked for 30 min and rinsed))
- 5 cups water
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)
- 1 tsp black pepper (or to taste)
- 1 inch ginger (cut into thin strips )
- 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 3 tbsp coconut oil (or ghee)
In a large pot, combine lentils and water. Add turmeric, black pepper, cayenne pepper and ginger. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer with the lid partially covered for about 30 min. Add more water as needed to make sure the lentils are just barely covered.
Once the lentils start to integrate with water (disintegrate and get slightly mushy), add salt. Cook for another couple of minute and turn off the stove.
To make the temper… In a small frying pan, heat oil on medium low heat. Add garlic fry for 30-45 sec until garlic is golden. Add the cumin, and let it sizzle for about 10 seconds.
Pour the temper over lentils. Garnish with cilantro. And, enjoy with boiled rice or on their own.
- Don’t add salt to lentils before they’re cooked. Adding salt earlier can make the lentils longer to cook.
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