Lentils are a superfood, packed with iron, vitamin B and folate. They have a long shelf life, and they are a cheap source of low-cholesterol protein. Lentils are a type of bean and legume, growing in pods with one of two round or oval seeds. They come in many shapes and colors. Green lentils are one of the most common lentils, and they retain their firmness after cooking. This recipe for green lentils is easy enough for anyone to cook at home.

Things You'll Need

Insert cloves into onion. You may need to use a knife to make a hole first before inserting cloves.

Combine water and the rest of the ingredients, except salt, in a large sauce pan.

Cover saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes or until tender.

Remove from heat and take out onion, bay leaf, ginger, and garlic.

Stir in a little salt to taste.


  • This basic recipe can be changed to make different soups and stews. Experiment and you can’t go wrong.