Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Karen Shinto
YieldsServes 4Total Time20 mins
AuthorEmiko Prigmore, Shoreline, Washington,
From Sunset reader Emiko Prigmore, Shoreline, WA

Packaged cooked lentils can be a real time-saver and are becoming more available. If you can't find them in your area, use regular lentils cooked according to the package directions.

How to Make It

Step 1
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Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add spices and toast until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add onion and garlic and cook until beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Add carrot, peas, lentils, salt, and remaining 2 tbsp. oil, stirring to combine. Stir in paneer and cook 2 minutes.

Step 2
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*Find cooked lentils at Trader Joe's. Find paneer--a fresh cheese that's pressed until firm--at well-stocked grocery stores or Indian markets.

Step 3
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Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ingredients

 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
 1 medium onion, chopped
 4 garlic cloves, minced
 1 large carrot, shredded
 1 cup frozen peas
 2 cups cooked lentils*
 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
 8 ounces paneer* or extra-firm tofu, cut into cubes

Directions

Step 1
1

Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add spices and toast until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add onion and garlic and cook until beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Add carrot, peas, lentils, salt, and remaining 2 tbsp. oil, stirring to combine. Stir in paneer and cook 2 minutes.

Step 2
2

*Find cooked lentils at Trader Joe's. Find paneer--a fresh cheese that's pressed until firm--at well-stocked grocery stores or Indian markets.

Step 3
3

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Curried Lentils with Paneer