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  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 inch ginger (piece of, minced)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon oil (light, such as canola, vegetable, or peanut oil)
  • 1/2 yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 2 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • cooked rice (for serving)
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NutritionView more



Calories270Calories from Fat50
Total Fat6g9%
Saturated Fat0.5g3%
Trans Fat
Calories from Fat50
Total Carbohydrate40g13%
Dietary Fiber16g64%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Lydia 8 days ago
Very good. I was kind of unsure the first two spoonfuls but the more I tried it, the more I liked it.
Rebecca Smirl 19 days ago
I didn’t have any onion so I used carrot and skipped the ginger and it was still so tasty!
Bryan Nanez 20 days ago
Tasted great! Very filling and healthy. Mixed it with brown rice that I made in a slow cooker.
Bazza M. 18 Aug
Great. I make this all the time now
Joanne L. 15 Aug
I loved this. The flavour was amazing. I will say that I think that red lentils disintegrate too much while cooking, so if I was doing it again, I would probably use brown or black lentils so they keep some of their texture.
Pretty good. its like a weekday comfort food. quick and easy.
The entire family loved this recipe. Added some additional vegetables, green beans and carrots for some crunch. Has become a weekly meal in our house.
Zoe L. 7 Aug
This recipe came out super tasty! I added green beans and broccoli for some fresh veg. I will definitely make this again in the future, as it was very easy and quick to make!
Loved it!! It was better than I expected. It wasn’t too sweet and the Asian flavors came through nicely. It was a big hit!
Alexe H. 1 Aug
Really good recipe! Even my picky eater sister likes it!
Great flavor, not too salty or sweet
Mika Murto 20 Jul
Got a bit different outlook, but the taste was great. Added some lime at the end though.
Sue Moran 17 Jul
Was nice and easy. I added some green beans with the lentils. I'm glad i did as they added a touch of freshness.
delicious! slightly on the salty side but easy to adjust in future iterations by reducing the soy sauce component . I also used black beans instead of lentils
Hi 3 Mar
Easy to make. I added carrots and celery to the onions. Very mild spice. I think I’ll add sriracha to my servings but good for those who can’t eat spicy food. Used Moroccan style couscous instead of rice
Great Very easy to make Needs more crunchiness though
Kelly Connelly 6 Dec 2017
Excellent but I added a pinch of cilantro
Amber Bowers 20 Apr 2017
This recipe is delicious! It is quick to put together for a weeknight dinner, and is great leftover the next day for lunch. I topped the lentils with steamed veggies, but the recipe is also good without them. It was a little too salty for my taste, however, so next time I will make it with low-sodium soy sauce, or cut the regular soy sauce with some water.
MarkLouise W. 24 Feb 2017
Fabulous! Served this many times and am now a fan of lentils. That the entire family likes it as well is such a plus! I serve it over brown or black rice.
Rachel T. 17 Oct 2016
I made this as a last minute side dish and it has very food flavour. Unfortunately, it took way longer than the recipe said... it simmered for 20 minutes, but the lentils were still hard. I had to add some more water and cook for another 10. Maybe my pan was too big? I'll make this again, but will expect it to take longer...
Kelsey S. 22 Jun 2016
This is so quick and easy to make and turned out amazing! Pleased even the picky 8 year old. I followed the recipe entirely and am inspired now to find other similar ones.
Lisa R. 3 Jun 2016
love anything with some zip and even more if it's easy. My (somewhat vegetarian) son loved it and it was hearty enough for my hubby who had two bowls. Really really tasty. I might try adding chicken or tofu next time.
Chris H. 31 May 2016
Very very enjoyable and I love how quick it was to make. It's the perfect hot dinner (or hot lunch) to make when you don't have a lot of time or want to spend much time in the kitchen. Just shy of five stars as sodium content could be high (but anything using soy sauce will drive that). Going to try it again with a low sodium soy sauce and if it is still as enjoyable, then five stars it is. Update: Tried with low sodium soy sauce and perfect Up to five
Phil N. 26 May 2016
Incredibly simple, yet I enjoyed this dish more than I expected. So much so I ate it for breakfast and dinner on the same day... And it makes a great base for further experimentation.