Lentil Recipes:
South of the Border Lentils

If you are looking for quick and easy lentil recipes, you'll want to try this one. Cooking with lentils is as easy as it gets!

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This is one of the quickest recipes I know. Just throw all of the ingredients into a pot, warm them up, and enjoy!

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • canned lentils
    • garlic
    • raisins
    • a can of tomato paste
    • molasses
    • chili powder
    • ground cumin

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a saucepan
    • a can opener
    • measuring cups and spoons

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a garlic press (if not, mince the garlic with a sharp knife)

    The recipe

    3 cups/750 mL cooked lentils

    3/4 cup/180 mL water

    2 cloves garlic

    1/2 cup/125 mL raisins

    1/3 cup/75 mL tomato paste

    1 Tbsp/15 mL molasses

    1 tsp/5 mL chili powder

    1 tsp/5 ml ground cumin

    Put all ingredients into a pot.
    Bring to a boil.
    Reduce heat.
    Simmer for about 15 minutes.


    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Try using different sweeteners instead of the molasses. How about honey, or maple syrup?

    • Experiment with different dried fruits. Dried cranberries would taste nice, or little bits of dried apricots. (Use kitchen shears to cut dried apricots into small bits.)

    • Feel free to intensify the spices - or add other spices of your choice.


    • Store garlic at room temperature, away from direct sunlight. A special garlic keeper works well.

    • You won't need a full can of tomato paste. Freeze the remainder in a small container for next time!

    Menu suggestion

    Serve this dish with

    • rice

    • frozen corn

    • a green salad

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