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Curried Lentils with Paneer

Total Time
20 mins

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.

F&F Indian: Curried Lentils and Paneer (0712)

Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Amy Machnak
 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
Step 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

*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

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 455Calories from Fat 51
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g40%

Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 256mg11%
Total Carbohydrate 32g11%

Dietary Fiber 11g44%
Protein 25g50%

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