Lentils with dates in a very spicy yellow cream

Recipe by Damaris Beems
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Course: side dishCuisine: Arabic




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I once wrote a blog about it: lentils have an image problem. For all the wrong reasons, I say. Because lentils are delicious. And very delicious and versatile to prepare. This is one of them. Sweet and spicy.


  • 250 gram small green lentils

  • 1 onion

  • 1 carrot

  • 3 garlic cloves

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 10 medjoul dates

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • thyme twigs

  • salt and pepper

  • Yellow spicy cream
  • 50 ml olive oil

  • 1 shallot

  • 0,5 table spoon ginger powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and turmeric (0.5 tablespoon each)

  • 250 ml plant based cream

  • 1 lemon (for its juice)

  • 200 gram plantbased yogurt (preferably coconut)

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  • Put all the ingredients above the ‘yellow spicy cream’ in a pan and let the lentils cook until they are done.
  • For the sauce, heat the olive oil and fry the finely chopped shallot until soft and light brown. Add the cream and all the spices and beat well. Then add the yogurt and lemon juice. Depending on the thickness of the sauce, you can add a little more cream/yoghurt/lemon juice.
  • Spoon the cream into the bottom of a bowl. Spoon the lentils on top of that. And a little more cream on top.

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