This dish is a classic Indian recipe that combines lentils with aromatic spices for a flavorful and comforting meal. Take it to the next level by adding chicken for extra protein.
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup dried red lentils
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
- 2 cups cooked, diced chicken (optional)
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the curry powder, cumin, turmeric, and cayenne pepper (if using) and cook for 1 minute more.
Add the chicken broth, lentils, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
Stir in the cooked chicken (if using). Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until heated through.