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Spiced Indian Lentils Recipe

March 23, 2017

Whoever says that vegetarianism was boring has obviously not tried this wonderful dish with an Indian kick! You have been warned!


  • 1 c Lentils
  • 2 T Sambar Masala
  • 1 c water or broth
  • ½ c chopped eggplant (cut into 2"cubes)
  • ½ c chopped potato (cut into 1"cubes)
  • 5 pearl onions, peeled and cored
  • 5-6 baby okra
  • ¼ cup pumpkin
  • 1 T tamarind
  • 5 T clarified butter
  • ½ t mustard seeds
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 1-2 dry red chillies
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped fresh coriander leaves


  1. Add the lentils and Sambar masala to the personal slow cooker with tamarind puree and water/broth, potatoes and other vegetables. Add salt to taste.
  2. Set cooker to high and cook for 1-2 hours.
  3. When it is almost finished cooking, heat the butter in a small pan and add the dry red chillies, mustard seeds and curry leaves. Fry till the spluttering stops and add to the lentil mixture. Mix well
  4. Garnish with chopped green coriander and serve hot with Idlis, Vadas or plain boiled rice.

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