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Makes: 6 cups
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
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Indian Lentils and Pasta
Indian Lentils and Pasta
Prep time: 10 minutesCooking time: 45 minutesTotal time: 55 minutes


1 Tablespoon
vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves
garlic finely chopped or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3 cups
1 can
(15 ounces) diced tomatoes, with juice
1⁄2 cup
dry lentils, rinsed
1 teaspoon
ground cumin
1 teaspoon
1⁄4 teaspoon
red pepper flakes (optional)
1⁄2 cup
orzo or tiny pasta
1⁄4 cup
fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat (300 degrees in an electric skillet). Add onion and garlic and cook 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Stir in water, diced tomatoes with juice, lentils, cumin, turmeric, and red pepper flakes, if desired.
  3. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low (250 degrees in an electric skillet). Simmer for 25 minutes.
  4. Add pasta and cook uncovered until pasta is tender, about 10 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve warm.
  6. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • Serve topped with light sour cream or plain non-fat yogurt.
Serving Size: 
1 cup
Preparation time: 
10 minutes
Cooking time: 
45 minutes
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