Quick yellow red lentil spread with onion and lemon

My mom said to me that since it’s a New Year’s Day and it’s grey, cold and a bit sad all around, I should post a new recipe and it should be something along the lines of „colourful and happy sandwiches”. At first, I found this to be a strange idea, but the very next day I was cooking red lentils with lemon in the morning to prepare a beautifully yellow, tasty and really simple breakfast.

The power of this recipe is its simplicity: there is almost no slicing and no frying. You just need to cook lentils with other ingredients in a pot for ten minutes, until everything is soft and easy to blend into a smooth spread.

The lentils prepared this way can be treated also as a separate mini-dish, appetizer or a simple snack. It tastes great with bread and crispy, fresh vegetables.

Quick yellow red lentil spread with onion and lemon
  • 1/2 cup of dry red lentils and 1 cup of water
  • 2 small white onions (or one large)
  • 3 lemon slices and another piece to squeeze the juice (it’s good to rinse the lemon thoroughly with boiling water or use a bio lemon)
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tbsps of neutral oil
 For serving:
  • Radish, chives, cucumber, chili pepper, and a slice of fresh bread.
  1. Rinse the lentils in a strainer under running water.

  2. Peel the onion and cut into quarters.

  3. In a small pot, boil a glass of water, add red lentils, chopped onion, three lemon slices, four cloves, salt, pepper and a teaspoon of turmeric. Simmer covered for 10 minutes.

  4. Leave the cooked lentils in the pot for an additional five minutes. Then remove the lemon slices and cloves, add oil and blend it into a smooth, beautifully yellow spread.

  5. Don’t worry if it is too watery – it will thicken over time. Before serving sprinkle gently with salt and lemon juice.