Armenian Lentils Recipe -
Armenian Lentils Recipe
  • READY IN 48 mins

Armenian Lentils

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"Warm lentils served with cool yoghurt and the spice of green onions makes this dish a refreshing and filling side dish or entree."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    48 mins


  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over high heat; cook and stir the onion in the oil until caramelized, 5 to 7 minutes; set aside.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a pan over medium heat; add the lentils. Return mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low; simmer until the lentils get soupy, about 15 minutes. Stir in the bulgur, salt, and pepper; simmer until water is completely absorbed, about 10 minutes; stir in the caramelized onions. Remove from heat, cover, and allow to rest for 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Divide lentils into 4 even portions; squeeze one lime wedge over each portion and top with green onions and yogurt.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 27, 2008

I loved it, so did my daughter. I did change it just a little, I sauted the onions with fresh minced garlic and I substituted some of the water with an equal amount of chicken broth instead and took out the salt.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 07, 2007

I found this recipe very good, as I like lentils very much. Also they are extremly healthy. There were a few simple changes I made to adjust this recipe to my taste. first off, I cut the salt in half, I prefer lower sodium. I also like a little more spice so I added 1/4 tsp curry powder. Lastly I added 1 chopped carrot, for added flavor,texture and color. I accompanied this dish with warm artisan sourdough bread. I think this is a wonderful dish for a cold day to warm up your family and keep them healthy.

Jun 01, 2011

Pretty good. I'm of Armenian desent and my Mother made a similar dish but more of a soup. My non-Armenian wife loves it and it IS healthy and NO THERE IS NOT TO MUCH SALT!

Apr 01, 2008

This recipe just proves that the simplest of ingredients can produce wonderful results. Absolutely delicious! I didn’t know I liked lentils so much! I served this as a side dish to the “Lahmahjoon (Armenian Pizza)” recipe. I had some lamb bones left from that recipe, which I used to make a stock to substitute for the water in this recipe. I also added a little bit of cucumber and mint to the yogurt sauce, just because I had them on hand. It was delicious. The ingredients list calls for a lemon wedge, but the directions indicate lime. Either would be delicious, but we used lime. My kids gobbled this up and asked for more. I can’t wait to eat the leftovers for lunch tomorrow! Thank you so much for a recipe we will make over and over!

Mar 14, 2015

I am of Armenian descent, and this is very close to my family's recipe. However, the cooking time for the onions is not correct. The onions need to be caramelized! They need to cook until they are brown, at least 30 minutes. Five to seven minutes is not enough. If they are not caramelized, the dish loses its main flavor and will be bland. Also, I recommend caramelizing the onions in a large pot, and then adding the lentils and other ingredients to that pot, not adding the onions to the lentils' pot. That way you don't lose the juices and sugars from the onions.

Oct 08, 2007

Far too much salt was added to make acceptable. More fresh vegetable salads, next time! Thank you.

May 16, 2011

Definitely not pretty to look at but I enjoyed it. I served it with chicken breast and spinach. I put plain non-fat yogurt over it and that added flavor. My husband's opinion was neutral and my teenage son turned up his nose (as he does with anything new.) Did take a little longer to cook than stated.

Oct 08, 2010

I had my doubts about this dish up until the final taste test before serving it, but the lemon and scallions really work wonders and complete the dish nicely. I added a carrot cooked with the onions and put some chicken bouillon cubes in the water instead of adding salt. And instead of plain yogurt, I whipped up a garlic-mint-cucumber yogurt sauce (like tzatziki)


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  • Calories
  • 285 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 40.6 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 4 mg
  • 1%
  • Fat
  • 8.4 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 13.2 g
  • 53%
  • Protein
  • 16 g
  • 32%
  • Sodium
  • 922 mg
  • 37%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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