Food Recipe: Lentejas – Easy Lentils

Raw Ingredients.

Raw Ingredients.

Lentils Colombian style is the easiest dish to cook. If you want to cook to impress some of your Colombian friends this is it! It’ll draw a smile on their face or win someones heart. Enjoy your meal! Buen Provecho!


(2-4 Servings)

  • 120g green lentils
  • For this dish I bought a pack of lentils from Sainsbury’s this type of lentils don’t require the sometimes forgetful overnight soaking.
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 3 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 3 medium potatoes chopped into cubes
  • 4 sausages / 2 chorizos / or anything you’d like
  • 1 teaspoon of salsina EL REY Colombian spices mix
  • or a mix of a ¼  teaspoon each of salt, pepper and cumin powder


Place lentils in a pot and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil for 10 minutes and uncover.

In a saucepan, heat the vegetable oil over a medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, tomatoes and spices. Stirring occasionally until you get a thick pasty texture, which is known in Colombia as Hogao or Guiso. Add the sauce, sausages and potatoes to the lentils, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes. Serve with whichever rice you like. You can also eat it in a bowl as a soup!

If Lentils not being so tasty is not good enough for you, see this article over at Jen Reviews on the 18 Health Benefits to eating Lentils.

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