YIELDS: 4 Servings PREP TIME: 30 mins COOK TIME: 30 mins TOTAL TIME: 1 hr

Whip up some traditional East African Cuisine for the family tonight! Try this simple and flavorful lentil recipe served with a side of chapati, a quick cooking flat bread.


1 ½ cups yellow lentils
3 cups water
½ cup coconut milk
½ cup cilantro
Juice of 1/2 a lime (or lemon)
2 tsp green curry paste
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp mixed spices (such as berbere or ras el hanout)
¼ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp turmeric
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp cayenne
2 tbsp sugar

2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp oil

Cutting board 
Large pot
Large bowl 
Cast iron pan


  1. Combine the lentils and water in a large pot and simmer, covered, for about 25 minutes, until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  2. Stir in the coconut milk, green curry paste, lime juice, cilantro, spices, and sugar. Mix well.
  3. Keep warm until ready to serve.
  4. For the chapati, combine the flour and salt in a large bowl.
  5. Slowly stir in enough water to form a thick dough.
  6. Knead the dough on a flat surface for several minutes, adding a few pinches of flour if very sticky.
  7. Return the dough to the bowl and let rest for 30 minutes.
  8. Lightly grease a large cast iron pan with oil. 
  9. Divide the dough into about 8 balls and flatten to about 6" in diameter and 1/4" thin. Fry each one in the cast iron pan, turning once, until each side is golden and spotted.
  10. Serve the chapati alongside the lentils and enjoy!