Healthy Snack: Lentil Spread

I was at Trader Joe’s the other day and picked up a lentil spread to try. I get tired of hummus sometimes, so I figured I would try something else in the legume family.

This dip/spread has a ton of flavor, and I had lentils and jar of masala sauce at home, so Mr Cyclist decided he would try to make his own version of the dip. It was a great idea because making this type of spread at home is a much cheaper way to eat this snack. Homemade lentil dip makes about 4 cups (or more) while this one from Trader Joe’s is only 7 ounces!

Homemade Lentil Spread Ingredients:

  • 1 Jar Masala Sauce (Trader Joe’s has one, or you can make your own)
  • 2 Cups or more Lentils (Didn’t measure, just poured into saucepan)
  • 1-2 Cups Water (Just add some to cooking as needed to let the lentils absorb more moisture)
  • 2 Tbsp. Dried/Fresh Cilantro
  • Juice of 1 Lemon

You can add any extra spices and herbs that you like. In fact, I am not exactly sure what Mr Cyclist put into the spread. I know he added extra brown sugar for a little sweetness, and I did not like that–too sweet for me.

Anyway, you can experiment with this type of dip/spread and you could make all kinds of variations on this. This one just happened to have more Indian flavors. I will definitely be making something like this again because it was pretty filling, tasty, and nutritious!

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