Red Lentil and Stewed Tomatoes

Red Lentil and Stewed Tomatoes

Winter inspires me to cook warm, hearty dishes with a little heat thrown in – chili, spicy soups and legume dishes, especially lentils. I know plenty of people who are unmoved by lentils but I adore them. They easily soak up different flavors and can be paired with a variety of ingredients. They’re nourishing, relatively inexpensive, filling and easy to prepare.

It doesn’t get any easier than red lentils. They take even less time than their brown counterparts. The one caveat with this recipe is you need 5 spices on hand – chili powder, cumin, coriander, turmeric and cayenne pepper.

This dish can serve as a side or is filling enough to be the main course. Each serving is packed with protein (13 grams) and fiber (6 grams) to keep you healthy all winter long.

Hope you enjoy this Red Lentil and Stewed Tomatoes recipe as much as I did!

Red Lentil and Stewed Tomatoes
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Serves: 2-4 people
  • 1 cup dried red lentils, rinsed
  • 3½ - 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon each of chili powder, coriander, and cumin
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • ¾ cup onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup canned stewed tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  1. Place lentils, water, salt and turmeric in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, heat oil in a medium pan. Add chili powder, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper and onion, and cook over medium-low until onions soften, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes, garlic and lemon juice and cook for 3 more minutes. Add seasoning to lentils and stir well. Garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley and serve hot. Enjoy!


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53 thoughts on “Red Lentil and Stewed Tomatoes

  1. Mmm, this soup reminds me a lot of the soup I made earlier this week, only yours is a lot more appetizing looking! Lentil soup is the best – it’s so hearty and comforting, which is nice during these cold winter months.

  2. What a beautiful dish, Trish. I really like lentils but I haven’t used them at all this season. I didn’t realize that the red ones are even easier to cook so I’ll have to stock up soon especially since I have all the spices required for this dish. I know my husband would love it. I love the beautiful color that turmeric imparted to the dish, too. Thanks for sharing this and I hope you’re having a great week. 🙂

  3. Love feasting on such beautiful dish! Great job on the photos, Trish. One of my goals this year for my blog is to take better photos! Happy New Year, dear friend.

  4. I love red lentils! They are fantastic with the spices you mentioned, and I definitely always have those on hand. This looks hearty, yet healthy which is exactly what the doctor’s orderin’ these days.

    PS: I don’t know about short-term memory, but I’ve read that the best way to stave off dementia is to learn another language.

  5. I’m TOTALLY losing my memory! (and discovered three new grey hairs today!!!) Thank goodness for documenting food adventures on blogs! 😀

  6. Yum yum yum! I have all the ingredients on hand right now matter of fact! I’ll serve this with a nice dollop of Greek yogurt on top, for sure. 🙂

    Great low-cost meal too, Trish!

  7. I haven’t made lentils for a while, but I just picked some up and am ready to go. This looks like a nice use!
    I’m with you on the memory thing… Some things stick with me, but when I try to remember a lot of things growing up it’s just a flash of memory here and there. I don’t remember so many things. I remember the pictures that I see, but I think that’s because I’ve seen them before. Watching Facebook and so many of my friends reminisce about high school I sit there wondering if I was even there. Glad I’m not the only one! I’ll do that soduku with you!

  8. Do you think that eating lentils could to good to memory? Cause I have the same problem that you have. I do not remember many things…and not just an errand to run but things I’ve done or seen with my hubby. He gets a bit upset too. I often forget movies…completely. I mean even one I liked, I could never repeat the plot to somebody else. Now my hubby has started to ask me questions after we watch a movie to help my brain impress memories by talking about things. You could try that!

    1. That sounds good. I will prompt my hubby to ask me questions after watching or reading something to help jog my memory. Thanks for the tip, Sara!

  9. I’m with you on the memory thing. I already forget so much of my girls being babies and they’re only 13 & 14! I remember that I love this kind of lentil soup though….

  10. I adore lentils too…and red lentils are particularly special. I’m also trying to work on my memory. When I can’t remember a movie or a book, I try not to look online (because I feel like it trains my brain to be lazy). Instead, I usually let my brain ponder over it for an hour or two and most of the time, I remember. Thank you for sharing such a delicious recipe. I hope you have a wonderful Friday and a beautiful weekend!

  11. I looooooove lentils! My favorite winter food. I’ll definitely add this dish to my lentil repertoire. Sorry I can’t help you out with the memory thing. I seem to forget things all the time but I have no idea how to fix it!

  12. this looks great. i actually have the same problem with memories. i think it’s because of google. now that our brains have evolved to use google whenever we need to recall information, the brain no longer is forced to exercise that function. i call it google brain syndrome. haha! anyway, i think you can probably help by asking yourself questions randomly, what was your favorite meal, etc… and force yourself to remember. or when your friends tell you about something from the past you don’t remember keep repeating the story in your head so you don’t forget it the second time around

    1. Google brain syndrome, that makes perfect sense. Glad I’m not the only one with memory problems. Thanks for shedding some light and following 🙂

  13. my husband would kiss my toes if i made this for him. i love everything about this dish and cannot wait to sink my spoon into it! cheers!

  14. I’ve always meant to add more lentils into the meal rotation, but have never gotten around to it. This dish looks like it would be a pretty awesome place to start! 😀

  15. Your soup looks beautiful! And it sounds so hearty and satisfying too… a perfect, healthy dish for the New Year! Thanks for sharing, and congrats on the top 9!

  16. I’ve only cooked with French green lentils before, but this dish really makes me want to get some red ones real soon! Definitely will be bookmarking this one!

  17. I heard a great memory trick is like the memory game, but bigger. Have your husband start with 10 household items where you have say, a minute to review them. Then you have to repeat what they are. Then you can build up the time between when you saw them and repeat them (10 minutes, 30 minutes, 2 days) and also the number of items. Good luck!

  18. I’ve never worked with red lentils before, Trish. They sure are a pretty color, though! How are your memory exercises working out for you? I’m more like your friend but do get incredible joy when I repeat what has happened in the past through a story. Congrats on the Top 9 🙂

  19. Hi Trish
    What a wonderful way to serve lentils!! I never thought of them with stewed tomatoes, it sounds wonderful, with a perfect blend of seasonings !!
    Congrats on the #1 spot on the top 9!! You certainly deserve it!!

    1. Thanks Dennis!! I came across the addition of stewed tomatoes by accident. I usually add fresh ones but didn’t have any. But the stewed ones didn’t disappoint at all, in fact the dish needed the extra juice.

  20. Awwww…I’m always happy when I find great lentils recipes like that. I love it. Totally top 9 material. Congrats. Have a great weekend.

  21. Love lentil anything. Your soups sounds so comforting. It snowed here on the east, just a little. Memory, yes I have the same problem sometimes hehehe. Not sure how I can help, when you find some tips, let me know too (= And how are you able to break down the nutrition facts? I love that!

  22. Such a simple recipe, it looks absolutely delicious.. and gluten free (sometimes those are hard to come by!)

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  23. This looks warming and delicious! I started eating cleaner once the holidays were over and this looks like a great way to eat something comforting but not heavy. Beautifully done!

  24. This looks great Trish! I’m totally with you on the bad memory… I need to start exercising my mind a little more myself. Great New Years Resolution 🙂

    So funny you made lentil soup because my mom was JUST telling me I should make that soon! We’re a family of soup lovers and lentil soup is one of my mom’s favorites to make. I have yet to use lentils, but am excited to try. Your soup looks so flavorful and delicious- can’t wait to try it!

  25. “Unmoved by lentils” I’m finding hard to believe that’s possible. Healthy comfort food at its best. BTW curious to hear the 3 items you always have on hand…

  26. Sudoku and scrabble are said to help ward off alzheimer’s so this isn’t a bad NY resolution. And with your tummy full of this delicious dish, your mind won’t wander due to hunger!

  27. This looks delicious! It reminds me of the Indian Daal that my mom used to make when I was a kid 🙂 Looking forward to trying this at home! Happy new year!

  28. Trish, my hubby loves bean soup. We make it often, I always look out for new variation and your looks so delicious. This will me on my to do list. Thanks.

  29. Hi Trish-this looks divine! I tried to leave you a comment on your salad and it wouldn’t open up. I wanted to tell you CONGRATS on Top 9 and I am printing that recipe! YUM! Happy Weekend!

  30. This looks absolutely fantastic and am going to try it tonight! I have grown up in Asia and miss the wonderful Indian cooking – looking at this recipie i’m certain to recreate a little piece of memory for me! Love the blog X

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