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Monday, February 29, 2016

Polenta with Lentils-Indian Style Polenta Recipe

Polenta is made from ground corn. It is easy to prepare and is quite filling. It can be enjoyed with a wide variety of dishes. It can be had in place of pasta or rice. I have already shared breakfast polenta with dry fruits and polenta upma, so polenta is not new for those who follow Padhuskitchen regularly. Check my breakfast polenta recipe to know more about polenta. Today I am sharing an Indian style red lentil gravy to pair with polenta. It was awesome and very filling. Now to the recipe-

Polenta with Lentils-Indian style

Polenta with Lentils-Indian Style

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 25 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryLunch-Polenta
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   For Polenta

   Polenta - 1/2 cup (quick-cooking polenta)
   Water - 2 cups
   Salt needed
   Cheese - 3 tbsp grated or as needed (preferable Parmesan)

   For the Lentil sauce/gravy

   Onion - 1/2 cup finely chopped
   Garlic - 2-3 cloves 
   Carrot - 1/3 cup
   Tomatoes - 1/2 cup chopped
   Tomatoes - 3 ripe ones (blanched and pureed)
   Bell Pepper/capsicum - 1/3 cup
   Red Lentils/masoor dal - 1/2 cup
   Salt to taste
   Chilli Powder or pepper powder to taste

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Blanch 3 tomatoes, remove the skin and blend it to a puree. Keep it aside.

Chop carrots into medium sized pieces and onions finely. Slice capsicum thinly.

Cook red lentils until soft. Mash it well and keep it aside. You can also pressure cook lentils.


Heat oil in a pan, add finely chopped garlic and onions. Saute until onions turn transparent.

Add chopped carrots and cook for a few minutes.

sauteing onions

Add chopped tomatoes, chilli powder and salt needed. Cook until tomato softens.

sauteing tomatoes

Add tomato puree and thinly sliced capsicum. Cook until the mixture thickens stirring from time to time.

Indian style Polenta recipe

Add cooked red lentils/masoor dal, 3/4 cup of water and cook on low heat, stirring in between for 5-6 minutes. 
Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

lentil gravy for polenta

Now our lentil stew is ready. We will cook the polenta. Polenta will be ready in a jiffy as I have used the quick cooking polenta.

Preparing Polenta 

Bring 2 cups of water to boil. Add salt needed. As we will be adding cheese, add less salt.

Reduce the heat to low and stir in polenta gradually with one hand and stir continuously with a whisk with the other hand. This is done to prevent lumps.

Continue to stir. When it starts thickening, turn off the heat and add grated cheeses or a blob of butter or both. Mix well until smooth. Polenta is ready now.

Polenta will thicken as it cools. If you want a smooth consistency, you may add a little warm water to loosen it.

how to cook polenta

Serve hot polenta topped with piping hot lentil stew. Enjoy!!      

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  1. seems delicious and easy too :) thanks for the step by step tutorial.

  2. Hi i got inspiration from the above recipe and i made polenta upma just like normal rava upma with frozen sweet corn and peas. it is one of the favourites amongst my children. thanks


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