ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Lemon Lentils Recipe with Kale, Cumin and Turmeric

Updated on June 1, 2008
lemon lentils with kale, cumin, and turmeric over rice
lemon lentils with kale, cumin, and turmeric over rice

I love cooking with dried lentils because they are inexpensive like dried beans but cook much faster. As a bonus, they are extremely healthy and make a complete protein when paired with a grain like rice or cous cous. This particular lentil dish surprised us all with its rich, tangy flavor from the lemon and spices; it made a wonderfully filling and delicious meal.

This recipe is vegetarian and vegan.

Lemon Lentils with Kale, Cumin, and Turmeric

serves four


  • Serve over rice of your choice.

  • 1/4 medium-sized sweet onion
  • 3 large cloves of garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup dried lentils du Puy (French Green Lentils)*
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin (ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 5-6 large leaves of kale
  • 1 fresh lemon

* You can substitute green or brown lentils if you cannot find these, but the du Puy variety hold their shape better and have a more distinct taste. If using a different variety, you will probably not need quite as long of a simmering time, because du Puy lentils do take longer to cook.

Preparation Instructions:

1. Take into account cooking times below and the cooking times of the variety of rice that you plan to serve with this dish. Start your rice at the appropriate time to have it done at the same time as the lentils. Follow the directions for whatever variety of rice that you decide to use.

2. Dice the onion finely. Skin the garlic cloves, press them with the flat of the knife, and then slice them thinly.

3. In a soup pot over medium heat, fry the onions and garlic in olive oil, stirring frequently, until the onion starts to turn translucent.

4. Wash and strain the lentils. Add the lentils, 2 cups water, and red wine vinegar to the soup pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a good simmer, add the cumin, turmeric, salt, and paprika. Stir well, then cover.

5. Meanwhile, wash the kale leaves and tear off bite-sized pieces of them, discarding the thick parts of the stems. Add these leaf pieces to the pot, stir in, return to a simmer, then cover. Let cook until lentils and kale are soft and easy to chew. Stir occasionally, and keep an eye on it to make sure it does not get too dry (add some water if necessary). Cooking usually takes about an hour.

6. Serve the lentils over the rice, perhaps with a vegetable side. Squeeze a quarter lemon over each serving. Enjoy!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • tastiger04 profile image


      5 years ago

      This sounds fantastic, I am always looking for new lentil recipes....I will make this dish this week. Thank you so much for sharing! Voted up and useful :)

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Loved it!! And so did my 2 year old (who is a huge lentil fan). The lemon juice added a nice touch.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Really good! I cooked my wild rice with a vegetable bullion, which added a nice flavor to the rice. I realized too late that I didn't have turmeric, but added a little extra cumin and paprika, and it tasted great. I really enjoyed the acidity of the vinegar and lemon juice. I'm so excited for my leftovers!

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      I added cayenne, ginger, a little coriander and black pepper. It was very tasty - thank you.

    • Decrescendo profile image


      10 years ago

      Some yummy food here.

    • Stacie Naczelnik profile image

      Stacie Naczelnik 

      10 years ago from Seattle

      This looks great - I love finding new lentil recipes.

    • fishskinfreak2008 profile image


      10 years ago from Fremont CA

      Nice dish


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)