May 4, 2015

Chili Lentils for Tacos

            This is a simple vegetarian chili recipe using Horse gram lentils. The mild spices give this chili a wonderful flavor. Horse gram has a meaty texture that is perfect when it is served in the form of chili for tacos. Our family loves Mexican food. I don't cook beef at home but love them in tacos alone. This vegetarian chili is a variation. 

           My hubby was so happy after I served him this recipe for dinner, he was totally into it. My little one had her dinner with no complaints at all. I was a happy mom in the end. You will love this no matter what - for sure :).

Ingredients: (Serves 4 people)

For Cooking Horse gram:
  • 1 cup Horse gram lentils, cleaned, soaked for 1 hour in hot water
  • 3 cups water
  • Salt as needed

For making Chili Lentils:
  • Precooked Horse gram lentils
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • salt to taste


  • Heat up some hot water and soak the horse gram for about 1 hour. Chop the vegetables and keep ready.

  • Add the soaked horse gram with required salt and 3 cups of water in the pressure cooker. Cook the lentils for up to 5 whistles. 

  • Open the cooker once the pressure is completely down and strain the lentils, save 1/2 cup of juice.

  • Take a wide pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and sauté. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes or until tender.

  • Add the tomatoes along with chili powder, ground cumin, dried oregano, black pepper and cook until tomatoes are tender.

  • Add in the lentils with the saved juice, reduce the heat to low and cook until liquid has evaporated. Adjust the seasoning, including a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper. 

  • Serve this on hard tacos or tortillas topping up with some lentils and cheese.

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