Red Lentils

This flavorful red lentils dish is a healthful side dish choice for any meal. 


Makes 5 cups (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 36 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 138
Caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
Fat 3.8 g
Satfat 1.6 g
Monofat 0.6 g
Polyfat 0.1 g
Protein 6 g
Carbohydrate 20.8 g
Fiber 4.9 g
Cholesterol 7.6 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 407 mg
Calcium 54 mg


2 tablespoons butter
1/2 sweet onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 (14-oz.) cans reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth*
1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes with garlic and onion
1 1/4 cups red or brown lentils, rinsed
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Salt to taste


1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and sauté 6 minutes or until onion is tender. Add broth and next 5 ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes or until lentils are tender. Stir in basil and salt to taste.

*2 (14-oz.) cans vegetable broth may be substituted.

Note: Nutritional analysis does not include salt to taste.