Whole Green Lentils with Garlic & Onion

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By Madhur Jaffrey

Published 2023

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This is a very simple – and flavourful – method of cooking the humble lentil. You could serve them with Goan-style pork vindaloo or any other meat dish, Simple buttery rice with onion and Gujarati-style green beans.


  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 4 g


  1. Heat the oil in a heavy pot over a medium flame. When hot, put in the cumin seeds. A few seconds later, put in the garlic. Stir and fry until the garlic pieces turn golden. Now put in the onion. Stir and fry until the onion pieces begin to turn brown at the edges.
  2. Put in the lentils and the measured water. Bring to the boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low and si