Tested till perfect Quick Lentil Curry
Quick Lentil Curry
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Quick Lentil Curry

Any variety of dried lentils is handy to have in the pantry: Lentils cook quickly and taste great. Serve this curry over rice with a steamed green vegetable, such as kale. For delicious vegan fare, omit the fried eggs.

By Rheanna Kish and The Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: October 2012

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Total time 40 minutes
  • Portion size 4


  • 2 tbsp 2tbspvegetable oil
  • 1 1oniononions, finely minced
  • 1 1clove garliccloves of garlic, grated
  • 2 tsp 2tspgrated fresh ginger
  • 1 finger-size strip 1 finger-size strip seeded hot red chili peppers or hot green chili peppers
  • 1-1/2 tsp 1-1/2tspgaram masala
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspsalt
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspturmeric
  • 1 cup 1cupdried green lentils
  • 1 cup 1cuphalved grape tomatogrape tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspchopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp 1tsplemon juice


  • 2 tsp 2tspvegetable oil
  • 4 4eggeggs
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In saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook onion, stirring, until golden, about 2 minutes. Stir in garlic, ginger, hot red chili, garam masala, salt and turmeric; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.

Add 1/4 cup water; cook, stirring, until thick paste forms, about 2 minutes.

Stir in lentils and 2-1/2 cups water; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender and almost no liquid remains, 35 to 40 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, cilantro and lemon juice.

Eggs: In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; fry eggs, turning once, until whites are set but yolks are still runny, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve with lentils.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 337 pro 19g total fat 15g sat. fat 2g
carb 34g dietary fibre 7g sugar 5g chol 186mg
sodium 354mg potassium 718mg

% RDI:

calcium 6 iron 41 vit A 10 vit C 12
folate 129
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