Spicy Pumpkin Lentils Recipe

Shashi Charles | Savory Spin

Spicy Pumpkin Lentils have a little sweetness and a whole lot of spice. A burst of flavors.

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Lentils are said to have been found in Ancient Egyptians tombs as early as 2400 BC and since then they have made their way alongside meat onto certain European tables and mingled with garlic and onions on certain Middle Eastern and the South Asian tables.

They are sometimes green, sometimes yellow, sometimes red, sometimes black and sometimes brown - but they are oftentimes a healthy and tasty addition to any meal. At one point in time, they were even referred to as “the poor man’s meat.” But now there's even a festival celebrating these little orbs in Pullman, Washington!

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Yes, the humble, budget-friendly lentil has quite the reputation when it comes to low fat, high protein legumes that manage to keep your cholesterol down and your blood sugars under control. And boy-o-boy are these orbs versatile!

From these Chocolate Lentil Pancakes to these Lentil and Olive Vada's to a myriad of stews and curries, lentils have been adorning my breakfast, lunch and dinner table since I was a young one.

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And today, I have yet another variation of a lentil dish. Even if you happen to be over pumpkin, I have a feeling you are going to love this lentil side dish as pumpkin is only used as a thickener in it.

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When the pumpkin mingles with the caramelized apples, onions, ginger and garlic, and the cumin, coriander and turmeric, it metamorphoses into something unrecognizable. And the chili powder and flakes further throw everything off kilter resulting in a dish where every mouthful will be a jubilant journey!

Now, while lentils were a traditional holiday dish on my table when I was growing up in Sri Lanka and Abu Dhabi, I urge you to not write them off this holiday season. They do go very well with a big slab of turkey or turkey leg and green bean casserole, and you can easily use your rolls to sop any leftover mouthfuls of this Spicy Pumpkin Lentil dish.

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Spicy Pumpkin Lentils Recipe

    8 Servings


  • 3/4 Green Apple, Chopped
  • 1 Red Onion, Chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Ginger, Grated
  • 1 cup Dry Lentils
  • 2 1/2 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Coriander
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Flakes, Optional, can be reduced to taste or eliminated
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Cilantro and Chili Flakes, For garnish


  1. Sauté onions, ginger, garlic and apples in olive oil for 15 minutes or so on a low flame till apples and onions begin to turn golden brownish.
  2. Add in the lentils and stock.
  3. Stir in the pumpkin.
  4. Then season with the cumin, coriander, turmeric, chili and salt and pepper powder and flakes and bring to a boil.
  5. When it begins to boil, cover, lower heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Garnish with cilantro and pepper flakes and serve warm.


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Author: Shashi Charles
Recipe Yields: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 41
Calories 161

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 149mg
Total Carbohydrate 20g
  Dietary Fiber 8g
  Sugars 3g
Protein 7g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Shashi Charles

About Shashi

Shashi comes up with all sorts of happy, healthy treats on her blog, Savory Spin. She's our resident gluten free desserts fanatic, and things are gettin' yummy.

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