1. Pick through the green lentils for debris. Rinse in cool water. Place the lentils, the bay leaf and 2 cups of water in a large sauce pan then bring to a boil. As soon as it boils, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, until tender. Drain off the water. Transfer the lentils to a bowl and set aside.
2. Add the chopped carrot and 1 cup of water to the pan. Bring to a boil then simmer until tender. Drain. Transfer the carrot to the bowl with the lentils.
3. Return the same pan to the stove over medium-low heat. Add the olive oil. When hot, add the onion and fry until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Reduce the heat to low. Stir in the spices and cook for 1 minute. Add the lentils and carrot. Stir to mix them well with the spices. Cook for a few minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Stir in the chopped cilantro. Adjust the salt to taste and serve.
This Simple Green Lentils recipe is so easy to prepare. It can be made in just one pan using only a few spices. Without a complicated masala to mix and with minimal chopping, it can be prepared in a very short period of time.
1 cup French green lentils
1 bay leaf
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup yellow onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon red chile powder
1 pinch turmeric
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped