Skip to main content

Tasty Lentil Tacos

This is my first attempt to make Tacos, and I am glad I found this easy-breezy recipe here. The recipe uses chicken broth, which can be easily substituted by vegetable broth for vegetarians. Since I didn't have one in my pantry, therefore used water.
One thing which I liked about this recipe is that it is not too heavy on stomach. You don't feel bloated or gassy after having several of these. Also, this recipe comes handy when you really want to have tacos and there are no canned or soaked beans in your pantry...

Lentil Tacos

Ingredients [makes 8 tacos]
Onions, chopped - 2/3 cups
Red lentils, uncooked - 2/3 cups
Garlic clove - 1 nos
Cooking oil - 3/4 tsp
Vegetable broth - 1-2/3 cups
Chili powder - to taste
Ground cumin powder - 1-1/4 tsp
Dried oregano - 3/4 tsp
Salsa - 2/3 cups
Taco shells - 8
Shredded lettuce - 1 cup
Fresh tomato, chopped - 2/3 cup
Low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded - 1 cup
Fat free sour- cream or yogurt - 1/4 cup
Taco Shells

  1. Soak red lentils and keep aside
  2. In a pot heat oil and saute' ginger and onions until tender. Add soaked lentils, stir it well and add all the spices including dried oregano. Add vegetable broth or water and let it boil. Cover the pan and let it simmer for for 20-30 minutes until the lentils are tender. Uncover the pan, cook for another 5 minutes to slightly thicken the mixture. Mix salsa to the lentil mixture.
  3. Toast taco shells as per package instructions. Spoon 1/4 cup lentil mixture in each taco shell. Top it with 2 spoons of sour cream, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes and some shredded cheese.
You can get Red Lentils in any Indian store or get at Amazon


    Suhaina said…
    Looks so tempting. Very nice.
    Ms.Chitchat said…
    Nice recipe,very useful too. Thanks for sharing.
    looks beautiful... and nice pic too
    Priti said…
    Wonderful....and yummy..nice recipe dear
    Priya said…
    Omg, wat a tempting and droolworthy tacos, looks beautiful..
    Apu said…
    Nice change from the beans!!
    PranisKitchen said…
    tacos at home sounds delicious and yum..perfectly made yarr.really nice picture..well presented.yummy fillings
    Rachana said…
    Delicious Tacos! Looks so wonderful :)
    Deepti said…
    This luks amazing...which red lentils did u use in this recipe?
    Renu said…
    @ deepti
    I used the red split lentil beans [dhuli masoor daal]
    Chaitra said…
    tempting n mouth watering tacos...i m ready to taste....
    Do drop in sometime
    Sayali said…
    they look just amazing....make me hungry. Nice blog

    Popular posts from this blog

    Eggless Carrot Cake and Award

    This is my second egg-less cake and again the result is awesome!!! It came out very moist and had beautiful texture. Again I replaced the eggs with yogurt and looks like its working for me.

    This is a very flavorful cake especially the spices add inviting flavor to it. The carrots provide nice color. Try it for your self, you will love it !


    *Whole wheat bleached flour - 1 cup
    Carrots - 2
    Indian curd (thick) or Yogurt - 1/2 cup
    Canola oil - 1/2 cup
    Brown sugar - 2/3 cup
    Nutmeg powder- 1tsp
    Cinnamon powder - 1tsp
    Vanilla essence - 1tsp
    Milk 1tbsp
    Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
    Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
    Salt -1/4 tsp
    Raisins - handful
    Walnuts, chopped - handful


    Pre- heat the oven at 360 degree Fahrenheit and grease the baking pan and keep it aside

    Combine all the dry ingredients [except sugar] and sieve it through at least 2 times

    Blend oil, thick yogurt, sugar and vanilla with a beater for 1 minute at medium speed

    Next fold in the dry ingredients and mix gently without running t…

    Low Fat Baked Shakarpara [Sweet Dough Cookies]

    I found this recipe at I followed pretty much what he did except replaced 1/2 cup of clarified butter[ghee] with 1 tbsp ghee and 1/4 cup of canola oil. Also used whole wheat bleached flour instead a mix of regular wheat flour and all purpose flour [maida].

    My Shakarparas came out very good, almost melts in the mouth. Its really a guilt free snack, enjoy ....


    Bleached whole flour* - 1 cup
    Canola oil - 1/4 cup
    Clarified butter [ghee]- 1tbsp
    Powdered Sugar** - 4 tbsp
    Baking powder- 1/2 tsp
    Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
    Crushed fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp


    Mix all the ingredients and make a soft dough using cold water. Cover the dough and leave it to set for 30 minutes. Pinch the dough into five balls and roll each ball one at a time into 0.5 cm thick chapati like sheet [use flour dust to ease the rolling process] Using knife or pizza cutter cut the sheet into the form of diamond and place it over greased baking tray. Repeat the same process with other dough ba…

    Homemade Diwali Diyas From Dough


    This year for Diwali I made diyas [Diwali lights] at home!! They came out pretty nice ! I prepared it very simple but you can get creative by painting, glue small mirrors , beads and other stuff.

    Here is how I prepared:


    Whole wheat flour
    Water-just enough to prepare the dough
    Food color - yellow [optional]


    Pre-heat oven at 200 degree Fahrenheit. Line the baking tray/dish with un-greased foilCombine flour, water and color in a bowl to prepare little stiff dough Pinch out small balls from the dough and shape it into diyasBake it in the oven for 20 minutes [during the process I gradually increased the baking temperature to 300]Cool diyas at room temperatureThe diyas should feel little hard, if not just leave it in the sun Roll out some cotton wool to make wick, add some oil and light your Diya !!!Tips:
    While preparing the dough you can add some fresh petals to add beautiful patternDuring baking, one of my diya's base puffed like chapati, it can hap…

    Shimla mirch aur alloo sabzi [Potato bell pepper fry]

    Back home I used to love bell peppers [aka capsicum, shimla mirch] and for some reason don't enjoy eating it here in the US. Being a vegetarian, its not a good idea to be choosy with limited vegetables available here :)) So I decided to cook a regular bell pepper and potato curry with a twist.....and my secret ingredient is MDH Paav Bhaji Masala [you can get in any Indian store ]. Trust me, Paav bhaji masala adds an extra zing to the sabzi and now its one of my favorites !! I hope you all gonna enjoy this one....


    Potato - 2 medium
    Bell pepper [Capsicum] - 2 medium
    Onion- 1 big
    Mustard seeds [rai] - 1tbsp
    Turmeric - 1.5 tsp
    *Paav Bhaji masala - 2tbsp
    Corriander/Cilantro Powder [dhania] - 1.5tsp
    Salt - according to taste
    Green Chillie - 1 chopped

    Boil potato, make sure you don't over boil them, else they will be mushyChop onions [slightly bigger pieces, it adds taste to the subzi (curry)]Chop bell peppers [not too big nor too small]
    Heat oil, add mustard seeds a…

    Indian Milk Cake

    Milk cake ....yummm, reminds of the sweet shop of my city, made some delicious milk cakes. It used to be our favorite pick from that store on the occasions of Rakshabandhan and Diwali. I am so happy that I found this recipe here and now I can make it my kitchen. Its a super duper easy recipe and it cooks in no time.
    Enjoy this recipe for the Mothers Daythis weekend !!

    Milk - 6 cups
    Lemon juice - ~ 3 tbsp
    Sugar - 1/2 cup
    Ghee or unsalted butter - 2 tbsp
    Cardamon powder - pinch
    Pistachios - for garnishing

    Method Boil milk in a thick bottomed saucepan, preferably non-stick. Let it it boil for 2-3 minutes Add small amount of lemon juice to the milk and let it curdle. Do not add the entire amount of lemon juice, just enough to curdle the milk and not separate whey completelyBoil for 4-5 minutes and remove 1-2 cups of whey water over a strainer to retain the curdled milk pieces that may come along with whey. Put back the curdled milk pieces back in the saucepan. [Throwing excess…