Spicy Lentil Spread

    25 minutes

    Lentils are blended until smooth with curry-scented spices like cumin, garlic and cayenne pepper. Can be a spread for toast or bread and also served as a dip. An excellent way for non-meat eaters to get protein.

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    Serves: 16 

    • 185g red lentils
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 600ml water
    • 1 dessertspoon curry powder
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or 1/2 chilli finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 cloves crushed garlic

    Preparation:5min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. In a medium saucepan combine the lentils, onion and water. Cover and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until lentils are soft. Purée lentils in a food processor or blender.
    2. Toast curry powder and cumin seeds in a small frying pan over medium heat until fragrant. Add cayenne, oil and garlic. Cook and stir 1 minute.
    3. Stir spice mixture into lentils and serve.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. YUM! We like things spicy so I used 1 tsp each of hot and mild curry. I also added 1 tbsp of coriander seeds AND, as also suggested, I did not use all the liquid or it definitely would have been too soupy. I put in my food processor and added the liquid a little at a time until I got a good, thick dip consistency. I think I only used half of the reserved liquid. It's a good recipe to play with and make your own but is it good? YES!  -  08 Oct 2008


    Altered ingredient amounts. This recipe was ok for me, although I altered it a little. I had had a leftover lentil salad that didn't go over real well with my boyfriend, so this was a great way to do something with the leftovers (plus it took less than 10 minutes to make). The mixture was a little thick for my blender, so I dribbled in some chicken stock to thin it out a little. I also added more cumin than the recipe called for because I love cumin so much, and I added a bit more garlic. My girlfriends loved it and so did I. I also got rid of the leftover lentil salad without having to throw it out and waste it!  -  08 Oct 2008


    Great, easy to make dip to change things up a little bit. For myself it's great, we'll see what the family thinks on christmas day! Thanks!!!  -  21 Dec 2010