Rating: 4.62 stars
94 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 64
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

This is a great starter. You can make it with a bit more water and you get somewhat of a soup, or let it cook and eat it with a plate of rice.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
3
Yield:
3 servings
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Ingredients

3
Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Combine the lentils, water, tomato, onion, cumin, salt, and vegetable oil in a pot over medium heat; bring to a boil. Cook and stir at a boil until the lentils are soft, about 30 minutes. Add the potatoes and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes more.

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Nutrition Facts

201 calories; protein 9.3g; carbohydrates 31.1g; fat 5.3g; sodium 788.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (67)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2011
I had to add more liquid as it cooked and I added chicken broth instead of water. My Colombian boyfriend said it was like his mother's. :) Read More
(39)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/02/2011
This was ok but a bit bland. I found that I had to add a lot more water to it. I also added some garlic some pepper and some chili sauce and garnished with green onions. It was pretty decent but I don't think I'll make this again. Read More
(10)
94 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 64
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2011
I had to add more liquid as it cooked and I added chicken broth instead of water. My Colombian boyfriend said it was like his mother's. :) Read More
(39)
Rating: 4 stars
09/20/2011
Love this dish! the cumin makes it great. I also added 2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes, 3 cloves of garlic and a stalk of celery. Instead of regular tomatoes, I added cherry tomatoes. Red potatoes in the skin give this dish a little bit more bite. Really enjoyed this dish a lot! Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2011
Great side dish! I only wish I would have doubled the recipe so I could have leftovers. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(22)
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2012
I'm new to cooking lentils, and this looked intriguing. Noting that the author called this a "starter" recipe (she recommends modifying it to your own pleasure, yes?) I made the following changes: (a) Instead of the potatoes, I used 1/2 cup corn and 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper. (b) Like Kitchenwitch, I sauteed everything in the oil before adding the water. (c) I served the lentils over big steamy baked potatoes with a dollop of sour cream & chopped cilantro garnish. What a *wonderful* dish -- thank you! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2011
My family loved this! I have made it several times but have changed the seasoning to give it a different flavor. Replacing water with chicken broth and cumin with thyme made for a tasty side dish with chicken. Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2011
This is very good. I followed the recipe exactly except for adding some minced garlic on the advice of another reviewer. I did have to add 1/2 cup more water when I added the potatoes just like the other reviewers. I served it as a side dish but I can see how it could make a great soup or be lovely served over rice as a meatless meal. I will definitely make this again thanks for the great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/02/2011
This was ok but a bit bland. I found that I had to add a lot more water to it. I also added some garlic some pepper and some chili sauce and garnished with green onions. It was pretty decent but I don't think I'll make this again. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2012
I made this last night and it was GREAT! Everyone loved it as a main dish served over rice. I added a few frozen green peas at the end and I also sauteed the lentils and potatoes with the onion and some garlic before adding the water. I also used curry powder for the seasoning, along with black pepper and sea salt. EXCELLENT! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2012
I used to eat lentils in Spain but never knew how to make it their way... so I'm glad to have found this recipe :) Maybe they borrowed it from the Colombians. I did have to double the water for some reason, but I was happy with the results. Read More
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