the simplest bowl of lentils

Hi friends! Hope the weekend has treated you well. Today marks the halfway point of my yoga teacher training. This is exciting but also a bit unbelievable considering I feel I have so much left to learn!

Because the weekends are nonstop with the training, I literally throw together random combinations of brown rice and vegetables for lunches and dinners. I’ve also become re-obsessed with cereal (of the gluten-free variety). Hence why I have not been showing off my foodie creations as of late.

Luckily, I had this particular recipe stashed away for a rainy day! The funny thing is, when I made it, I was throwing together random ingredients with no plan in mind, and it turned out *almost* like the dal I was used to eating at home. So I call that successful.

It features this wonderful ingredient from none other than Trader Joe’s, which makes this recipe ridiculously easy:

The Simplest Bowl of Lentils


  • 1 package of Trader Joe’s steamed lentils
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon clarified butter (ghee)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or more, to taste)
  • a small handful of cilantro for garnish


Place a large pot on the stove, and turn on the heat to medium-high. Melt the ghee and add the cumin seeds. Once the cumin seeds become fragrant (about 1 minute) add the chopped tomatoes. After another minute of stirring the tomatoes, add all remaining ingredients except for the cilantro. Mix all ingredients and allow the lentils to simmer for 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and garnish with cilantro before serving.

*Note: a small amount of water can be added if a soup-like dish is desired.

This dish can be paired with brown rice, quinoa, a whole wheat tortilla, or enjoyed on its own!

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