Winter inspires me to cook warm, hearty dishes with a little heat thrown in – chili, spicy soups and legume dishes, especially lentils. I know plenty of people who are unmoved by lentils but I adore them. They easily soak up different flavors and can be paired with a variety of ingredients. They’re nourishing, relatively cheap, filling and easy to prepare.
It doesn’t get any easier than red lentils. They take even less time than their brown counterparts. The one caveat with this recipe is you need 5 spices on hand – chili powder, cumin, coriander, turmeric and cayenne pepper.
This dish can serve as a side or is filling enough to be the main course. Each serving is packed with protein (13 grams) and fiber (6 grams) to keep you healthy all winter long. Hope you like it!