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French Lentils


(for 2 to 3 servings):

-1 cup French lentils

- a couple of carrots, cut in small slices

- ghee or olive oil

- about 3 cups broth or water

- 3 green cardamom pods or 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

- salt (to taste, depending on whether you get broth or water)

- black pepper

- cooked basmati rice

- topping options: red peppers, tomatoes, fresh herbs, fresh goat cheese.


Put half of the lentils on a plate, spread into one layer and sort for stones and grains. Repeat. Rinse under cold water.

Add ghee to saucepan, add carrots and cook to soften for 5 mn. Crush the cardamom pods slightly, add to the pot and add cinnamon. Add lentils and broth/ water, then add salt to taste and pepper

Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer, put a lid slightly ajar and let cook for 20 to 30 mn, checking now and then, mixing around.

Serve on top of basmati rice, add 1/4 teaspoon ghee and toppings.


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