Simple lentil dish

Quick to make and very tasty. You can use either red or yellow lentils and complement it by adding fresh tomatoes or spinach, toasted fennel seeds, cumin seeds and coriander leaves. Can be eaten as a soup.


  • 1 cup red or yellow lentils
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • ½ inch piece of ginger, cut in strips
  • 1 small chilli slit lengthwise (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of butter or ghee (optional)
  • Salt to taste


Rinse the lentils well in cold water and tip into a saucepan. To this add the sliced onion, ginger and 2 cups of water. Bring to the boil over medium heat and give it a stir now and then so it does not boil over.

Now add the ghee and coriander leaves and eat hot with rice, pita bread or chapattis. Some like it served like a soup in which case you add a little more water.

Hot or cold it is delicious and nutritious!