• High in protein, iron, magnesium, fibre and a good source of folic acid, lentils are very nutritious
• They range in different types: Red lentils, French or green lentils, Black, Pardina and Brown.
Lentils can be found in any supermarket or soko that sells cereals.
Lentils in Kenya are mostly accompanied by rice, ugali and chapati, but they can now be served as a starter.
They range in different types: Red lentils, French or green lentils, Black, Pardina and Brown.
Red lentils break down when cooked and are very soft. Very ideal for soups because they thicken the broth.
French and black lentils have a rich earthy flavour, they get soft when cooked and can be used in salads and wraps.
They are great for meal prepping because they don’t get mushy.
Brown Lentils are almost similar, they maintain their shape when cooked, but get soft with just a bite.
Before you buy ensure they are not too old so that they soften properly.
High in protein, iron, magnesium, fibre and a good source of folic acid, lentils are very nutritious and rich in polyphenols.
They are highly recommended for pregnant women.
- 2 cups of Boiled Brown or green lentils
- 3 cloves of crushed garlic
- 1 diced onion
- Salt and Pepper
- Vegetable oil
- Curry powder
- Chopped carrots
In a sufuria, over medium heat, heat the oil and add the onions and cook for 3 minutes until softened.
Stir in the carrots, lentils and broth then bring to boil
Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes
Add the paprika, curry powder, garlic, salt and pepper to taste
Puree with a blender or food processor and add more water if desired.
Serve in a bowl and add coriander to garnish.
Add pumpkin seeds for extra nutrition
Enjoy with buttered bread of choice.
Edited by D Tarus