Red Lentil Pilaf

Red Lentil Pilaf

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Servings: 4
  • About This Recipe

    “A tastey side dish that goes with anything.”


  • 2tablespoonstrimmed and chopped green onions
  • 1/3 cupseeded, diced green bell pepper
  • 1/3 cuppeeled, diced carrot
  • 1/2 cuppeeled, diced zucchini
  • 1/2 cupdried red lentil
  • 1cupfat-free low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1clovegarlic, smashed
  • 1dashcayenne pepper( or to taste)
  • 2tablespoonschopped fresh parsley
  • Directions

  • Combine the veggies in a heavy frying pan.
  • Cook for about 5 minutes over low heat, stirring constantly, until the green onion wilts Add the lentils, chicken broth, and garlic.
  • Stir.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat, then lower the heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the cayenne pepper and parsley.
  • Take care not to overcook, the lentils should have a crunch.
  • Reviews

  • “This is an excellent way to prepare lentils. Super simple, healthy, and great tasting. I used beef broth because I used up all my chicken broth making soup. It was a good substitution. This would make a nice side dish, but I had it for lunch along with a side salad.Thanks for a great recipe.”

  • “This is such a yummy pilaf!!! I really luv the combination of flavours in this dish! The lentils go so well with the other veggies and the garlic and cayenne add a nice touch of heat. I had this as a light lunch using red basil in place of parsley and mixed bell peppers as thats what I had on hand. Mmmmm, is all I can say! :)Ill certainly make it again, cause its so good for you and also super tasty!THANKS SO MUCH for sharing this gem with us, Derf!Made and reviewed for Veg’n’Swap #15 as a recipenap.”

  • “Very good, simple, and healthy. I found that the times listed in this recipe were exactly right, too. Now I just have to make sure I find that smashed garlic clove before I bite into it! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!”

  • “Yumm, this turned out great.I served it as a main dish with a side of steamed veggies.This is perfect for a quick weeknight meal.Only change I made was to use low-sodium veggie broth.Thanks for posting, this is a keeper.”