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Warm Spiced Lentil Bowl with Yogurt and Smoked Almonds

Thicker than a soup, this lentil dish makes a hearty one-bowl meal.



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2 ½ tsp. toasted sesame oil
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2 ½ tsp. whole cumin seeds
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1 medium carrot, chopped (⅓ cup)
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1 rib celery, chopped (¼ cup)
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1 medium leek, trimmed and chopped (white and light green parts)
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3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
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1 cup brown lentils, rinsed and drained
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3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)
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⅓ cup smoked almonds, coarsely chopped
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½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt


1. Heat oil in large saucepan over low heat. Add cumin seeds, and cook 1 minute, or until fragrant. Stir in carrot, celery, and leek. Increase heat to medium-high, and sauté 3 minutes. Stir in broth and lentils. Bring mixture to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and cook 20 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Stir in garlic, and cook 5 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

2. Ladle lentil mixture into 4 bowls, and garnish with almonds and yogurt.

Nutrition Information: 

18 g
Total Fat: 
10 g
Saturated Fat: 
0 g
39 g
0 mg
187 mg
14 g
7 g

Comments on this Recipe


Wow! The favors send your tongue tingling. I substituted chicken broth for veggie broth and added fresh cilantro and crushed red pepper just for a personal taste, but the toasted cumin made this dish!

This is a really forgiving and adaptable dish! I had very little food left in the fridge after a trip, and decided to try this despite missing the whole cumin (I had ground) and carrots (I doubled the celery). I also added curry powder and crushed red pepper in the very beginning. It still came out amazing! I will definitely use this again as a template for a yummy lentil dish!

Try this using one half or one cup sweet red wine added to 2 cups or 2 1/2 cups broth! Vegan Wine that is.

Delicious and non-messy dish! I didn't realize I should cover while cooking until I read the 2nd part of the directions (too late), but other than that I didn't see any need to augment directions!

Mine was soup. I guess I was supposed to cook it uncovered.

Anyone, suggestion for smoked almond substitute?