Friday, 26 August 2011

Breakfast Lentils

Winter has a reputation of calling for 'warm' breakfasts. Food requests are common in our home, and this morning for breakfast it was LENTILS. Cooked in a delicious cumin and coriander infused tomato sauce, this dish is sure to be enjoyed by all.

Serves 6


2 cups Green/Brown Lentils, soaked overnight
2 onions, diced finely
1 Red Capsicum, thinly sliced
6 Mushrooms, sliced (optional)                                                      
1 Tbs Cumin, ground
1 Tbs Coriander, ground
1 Tbs Celtic Salt
3/4 cup Tomato Paste
1 cup Parsley, finely chopped
4 cloves Garlic, crushed

Spring Onions, finely sliced
Radish, finely diced
Kale or other greens, finely sliced
Olive Oil
Cayenne Pepper

  1. Cover the lentils with water and soak overnight.
  2. In the morning place the lentils in a saucepan and cover with water to reach 4 fingers width above the lentils. Bring to the boil, and then reduce to a simmer until lentils are soft and tender (approximately 20-30 minutes)
  3. Fry the onion in the olive oil until soft and slightly browned. Add the red capsicum and mushrooms and fry until soft.
  4.  Drain the lentils and combine with the onion, capsicum and mushroom mixture.
  5. Add the cumin, coriander, salt and tomato paste to the lentils. If the lentil mixture is to dry add a little water at a time (1 Tbs).
  6. Let the lentils simmer in the sauce for 5 minutes.
  7. Just before serving, add the parsley and crushed garlic. Enjoy!


There are 2 ways to eat the lentils. Either on toast with avocado underneath and the vegetables on top with a drizzle of olive oil


with the lentils and vegetables on the plate and eaten with Lebanese bread [remember to tear off bits of bread and eat with your fingers] - sooooo MUCH fun for all and BONDING!

'To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.'    Psalm 30:12  

Posted by Melissa


  1. Quick and easy meal post soaking! Used red instead of brown or green lentils; it went very mushy! Also ran out of fresh herbs so didn't quite put in as much as the recipe called for; I need to replant my herb garden with all this cooking! The kids ate it without complaining (always a good sign!) and we had a little left over for the next day (please note: 2 of the 4 of us are not big eaters so take my leftovers comment with a grain of salt).

  2. one of my family favourites


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