Cumin-Lime Stewed Red Lentils


It is no secret on this blog that I love red lentils. I love how fast they cook. I love how soft they get when cooked, almost like a mash but not quite. I could think of a dozen ways to make them yet I always tend to cook them up into a soup or stew. Here, they are seasoned with cumin, a hearty dose of lime juice and some red onion. A simply delicious, satisfying dinner.




Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 15 min


1 ½ cups red lentils
4 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons grated red onion
1 ½ tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Chopped cilantro leaves for garnish, optional


Place the lentils, vegetable broth, olive oil and salt in a medium pot over medium heat. Cover with a lid and cook 15 to 18 minutes, until the broth is almost evaporated and the lentils soft.

Remove from the heat. Stir in the grated onion, lime juice and cumin.

Serve warm garnished with chopped cilantro leaves.

Other Lentil Recipes:
Moroccan Lentil Salad
Red Lentil and Sausage Soup

Similar Recipes:
White Bean and Leek Casserole
Spicy Stewed Chickpeas


8 Responses to “Cumin-Lime Stewed Red Lentils”

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen — 03/07/2012 @ 3:49 pm

    I love how simple and easy this is. Looks comforting, too. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Priyanka — 03/07/2012 @ 3:58 pm

    I love this dish….its very comforting. But have never tried with the hint of lime…should be great

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    amnon — 03/07/2012 @ 4:51 pm


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    Christine — 03/08/2012 @ 2:51 am

    Looks very yummy! I love the idea to add raw red onion in. Will try it soon!

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    Trix — 03/08/2012 @ 7:17 am

    I have been eating much lighter lately, and this would certainly fit the bill – satisfying and healthy. Yum! Pinned. : )

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    Eha — 03/08/2012 @ 8:01 pm

    Cannot wait to try this: have never used lime and, trying to taste the result as I am typing behind the computer, it should add a wonderful piquancy! Also adding the onion at the end . . . just can’t wait to have a bowl in front of me!

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    Deborah — 03/09/2012 @ 11:22 pm

    I actually have some red lentils in my pantry begging to be used. Thanks!!

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    Marie @etincellestudio — 04/06/2012 @ 8:14 am

    I shall second Deborah’s comment above! I will try this recipe next week for sure :-)
    Very lovely blog, I was introduced to it today through Twitter, I never regret being curious every time I hear “Moroccan Cuisine” and check it out!

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