Preparation Time
Serves 1, prep time 5 minutes -1 hour (depending on whether you use canned or fresh lentils)


  • ½ cup lentils(dry or canned)
  • 3.5 cups water
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt
  • dash of turmeric
  • dash of cumin
  • 1/8 cup walnuts, crushed
  1. Rinse and then soak the lentils in water 1-2 hours or overnight (you can also use canned lentils in which case just rinse them).
  2. In a pot, bring 3 cups of the water and the lentils to a boil (if using canned you do not need to cook them).
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and cook the lentils for 1 hour, until tender.
  4. When the lentils are done, drain the water and let them cool.
  5. Transfer the lentils to a blender.
  6. Add the olive oil, walnuts, garlic, lemon juice (squeezed from the lemon), cumin, turmeric, and enough water to just cover the lentils. Puree. Add more water for a smoother consistency if needed.
  7. Salt to taste.
  8. Add more spices to taste.
  9. Serve with a plate of crudite and/or rice crackers.