Indian Style Wedding Lentils (Gluten Free Dairy Free)

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This recipe was invented on the eve of our wedding (after the rehearsal dinner) when we realized in a panic that there was nothing for the vegetarians and vegans to eat except oranges and bread!

S rummaged in his pantry and came up with this

Indian Style Wedding Lentils


  • Group 1
  • 2 cups yellow lentils (the kind that cook to mush)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 piece fresh ginger (about the size of your thumb)
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • Group 2
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • Group 3
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • Handful of chopped cilantro
  • 1 can coconut cream


  1. Rinse lentils and cover with water, add Group 1 ingredients and cook lentils until soft.
  2. Stir in second group of ingredients and simmer for a while, then turn off and if possible let sit for a while.
  3. Just before serving stir in last three ingredients.

Lentils are fairly cheap if you buy them at an Indian or Asian grocery and even our little ones like these. We either serve them with rice or use them as a spread on bread, or a dip for vegetables.

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5 Responses to Indian Style Wedding Lentils (Gluten Free Dairy Free)

  1. Sam says:

    If you are buying the lentils in an Indian store, the ones I use are the salmon-colored ones labelled “masoor dal.” You can substitute a stick of butter for the coconut cream if you don’t care about it being vegan.

  2. Kendra says:

    Yum! Oh, yum….

  3. Kendra says:

    I’ve been getting my lentils, appallingly, at Walmart. They’re the common brown variety. I should check around and see if there are other types to be had. I’d be shocked if there weren’t considering out multi-ethnic Stillwater is.

    • K_Steinmann says:

      Walmart has great prices on dried beans of every variety, I get all of my black beans and stuff there…K

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