18 Must-Try Lentil Recipes That Will Even Impress Meat Lovers

Lentils are an important staple food worldwide. They are a rich source of protein and relatively inexpensive. From hearty soups to savory stews, lentils are versatile legumes celebrated for their rich flavor, satisfying texture, and nutritional benefits. Here are 18 different recipes using lentils. 

Lentil Curry with Zucchini Instant Pot Recipe

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Lentil curry, known as ‘dal’ in south asian cuisine, is a regular meal for many families. It is so rich and flavorful. There are several different lentils you can make curries with but I have used a yellow variety known as ‘moong.’ Lentils are perfect for a meatless dinner and are very healthy.

Vegan Lentil Bolognese

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You’ve gotta try this vegan lentil bolognese made with mushrooms, carrots, tomatoes and lentils. This lentil bolognese is packed with plant-based protein and incredibly hearty. A must make this fall and winter.

Vegan Moussaka

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Want to make a mouth watering meat-free dish? For this moussaka, layers of luscious fresh ingredients like eggplant, potatoes and lentils, all work together in harmony. 

Lentil Tabbouleh

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Lentil tabbouleh is light and refreshing yet a more satisfying and filling variation than the traditional recipe. This gluten-free twist to the classic Middle Eastern side dish features fresh tomatoes, herbs, lemon and spices. Perfect for quick lunches or a side dish to a simple dinner.

Lentil and Rice Soup

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This lentil and rice soup recipe delivers a hearty and satisfying soup with minimal effort. Let the Instant Pot take over and effortlessly prepare a comforting, warm meal that’s ready to enjoy before you know it.

Dal Gosht: Lentil And Meat Curry

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Enjoying this dal gosht is like having a flavorful hug in a bowl! This meat and lentils dish is a satisfying combo of protein-rich lentils and succulent meat creating a wholesome and delicious meal.

Easy Vegan Lentil Burger

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Whip up these tasty vegan lentil burgers using ingredients you can easily find at your local grocery store – like mushrooms, lentils, and oats. The soft fillings blend perfectly with the crispy patties, seasoned just right to give you that classic meatless burger feel.

Mejadra Recipe – Vegan Rice with Lentils and Fried Onions

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This mejadra recipe (also known as mujaddara) is a humble dish but pure comfort food. It’s simple in its preparation, inexpensive in its ingredients, but with very complex flavors, some very familiar to me (like rice and lentils), and some lovely spices (cumin and turmeric) to improve on some old favorites.

Chili-Spiced Lentil Soup Recipe

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You’re going to love this chili-spiced Mexican lentil soup recipe! Not only is this lentil vegetable soup made with just 7 basic ingredients (plus spices), but it’s also ready in about 30 minutes, making it a great weeknight dinner option.

Instant Pot Lentil Tortilla Stew Recipe

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One of my favorites so far is this clean eating Mexican-inspired lentil tortilla stew recipe. It’s hearty, filling, comforting, and definitely warming on a chilly afternoon or evening. It’s a great option for a thermos lunch for school or work as well.

Traditional Turkish Lentil Soup Recipe

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This traditional Turkish Lentil Soup also called Mercimek çorbası is a uniquely fragrant, cozy and satisfying soup perfect for chilly days. You can make it in no time and enjoy for lunch or hearty dinner. This soup is vegan and gluten-free.

Easy Carrot And Lentil Soup (Sopa De Lentejas)

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This carrot and lentil soup, as well known as Spanish lentil soup or “Sopa de Lentejas”, is an amazing one-pot meal to satisfy the whole family. Easy to prepare, healthy, hearty, and delicious, this plant-based lentil soup has everything you need for a busy-weekday meal.

Instant Pot Red Lentil Soup

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A delightful and velvety Instant Pot Red Lentil Soup that is not difficult to make and stacked with awesome flavors. With just a few ingredients and a pinch of fresh ginger, this generous and dynamic soup is ideal for any season.

Italian Lentil Soup – Zuppa Di Lenticchie

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Italian lentil soup, or zuppa di lenticchie soup, is a very tasty lentil minestrone boasting plenty of fresh vegetables in every mouthful. Suitable for any occasion, but especially tempting during the cooler months, Italian vegetable soup is hearty and warming, and perfect served with either croutons or crusty ciabatta for soaking up every last drop.

Vegan Lentil Tacos

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These Vegan Lentil Tacos are one of the easiest and healthiest vegan recipes that have the perfect meat replacement! Not only does it taste amazing, but it’s also budget-friendly and a great way to get started with a vegan diet. It’s a protein-packed, iron-rich, and full of flavor in each bite thanks to the homemade avocado dressing.

Lentil Falafel With Lime Yogurt

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Falafel is probably one of my favourite Middle-Eastern dishes of all time. Lentil falafel is best served when fresh, you can enjoy it with any dip of your preference. This version is a little different though. Instead of the usual chickpea mixture, these falafels are based on a combination of chickpeas and lentils.

Whole Masoor Dal: Brown Lentil Curry

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Heartwarmingly delicious is the best to describe this whole masoor dal. It is a dal brown curry that is best enjoyed with plain basmati rice. Though any flatbread can be equally delicious to have it with.

Vegan Lentil Nachos with Easy Cheese Sauce

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Taco lentils + roasted chili squash + easy cashew cheese sauce + guacamole + your favorite toppings. These are nachos to beat all nachos.

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