Lemon Lentils Recipe


Preparation Time5 MinCooking Time1 Hr 35 Min
Ready In1 Hr 40 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexHealthyServings6
MethodMain Ingredient
Interest Group


 Vegetable oil1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
 Onions2 Medium, halved and thinly sliced
 Onions2 Medium, thinly sliced
 Cinnamon stick pieces4 (each about 2 inches long)
 Masoor2 Pound, washed
 Masoor dal2 Pound, picked over and washed
 Root ginger1 Tablespoon, chopped
 Chopped ginger root1 Tablespoon (fresh)
 Chicken stock5 Cup (80 tbs)
 Salt To Taste
 Cayenne pepper1 Teaspoon
 Lemon1 , freshly juiced
 Lemon1 , squeezed
 Onion1 Small, peeled and chopped
 Onion1 Small
 Garlic1 Clove (5 gm), peeled and finely chopped
 Garlic1 Clove (5 gm)
 Hot green chili1 , chopped with seeds
 Green chile1 , chopped
 Bay leaves4
 Bay leaves4 , crumbled
 Coriander leaves2 Tablespoon, chopped
 Chopped fresh coriander2 Tablespoon

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1068 Calories from Fat 430

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 49 g74.8%

Saturated Fat 6.7 g33.5%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 6 mg

Sodium 357.9 mg14.9%

Total Carbohydrates 113 g37.5%

Dietary Fiber 30.3 g121.3%

Sugars 10.2 g

Protein 46 g91.2%

Vitamin A 15.2% Vitamin C 35.4%

Calcium 11.8% Iron 40.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1) In a large, deep saucepan, heat 3/4 cup of the oil over moderate-low heat.
2) As soon as the oil gets heated up, add the sliced onions and cook, mixing till they become soft and translucent.
3) Into the pan, now add the cinnamon, lentils, and ginger and cook, mixing frequently for about 10 minutes.
4) Add the stock and 5 cups hot water, salt to taste, and cayenne pepper.
5) Allow the mixture to boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook further for about 10 minutes.
6) Add the lemon juice and squeezed shell and cook about 50 minutes longer, mixing many a times.
7) In a small pan, heat the remaining 1/2 cup oil and add the chopped onion, garlic, chile, and bay leaves.
8) Cook while mixing, until the onion is browned.
9) Add this mixture along with the oil, to the lentils.

10) Serve hot garnished with the chopped coriander leaves.