Lentil is an excellent source of vegetable protein, fibre, the B vitamins, potassium, calcium, magnesium and zinc. It is  low in fat and has no cholesterol.  This dish is a particularly healthy addition to the menu of people with elevated cholesterol, diabetics, wanting to lose weight, vegans or vegetarians.


1 cup (175g) small brown French lentils

1 small onion, chopped

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

3 tablespoons peanut oil

½ teaspoon ground turmeric

½ teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon garam masala cayenne pepper, to taste

1 tablespoon wine vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Fresh coriander leaves


Cook lentils in boiling water for about 35-40 minutes until just tender, then drain well.Fry onion and ginger in oil until soft. Add turmeric, cumin, cayenne pepper, cook for 1 minute.Add lentils to the pan, stir around coated with the spices. Remove from the heat, stir in the vinegar and lemon juice.Transfer to a serving dish. Let stand until cold then garnish with the coriander leaves.

Serves 4