Braised Black Lentils


This black lentil recipe is one of my favorite side dishes. Black lentils are also known as beluga lentils since they resemble beluga caviar, the most prized of all caviar varieties.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins


  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ cup diced onion

  • ½ cup diced carrot

  • ½ cup diced celery

  • salt to taste

  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 cup beluga lentils

  • 1 ¾ cups chicken stock

  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley

  • 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar


  1. Heat butter and olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, and salt; cook and stir until vegetables are softened and onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.

  2. Reduce the heat to low and add thyme sprigs and pepper. Stir in lentils until well coated. Add chicken stock and bring to a gentle simmer. Cover and cook, checking occasionally, until lentils are tender and have absorbed all the liquid, about 35 minutes.

  3. Remove from the heat and discard thyme stems. Stir in parsley and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper as needed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

500 Calories
14g Fat
68g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 500
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 698mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 68g 25%
Dietary Fiber 32g 114%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 17mg 87%
Calcium 107mg 8%
Iron 8mg 46%
Potassium 1210mg 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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