Fried Spiced Red Lentils


F&W's Kay Chun makes this dead-simple snack by pan-frying lentils and tossing them with salt, pepper and paprika. Slideshow: More Lentil Recipes 

Spiced Lentil Snack
Photo: © Eva Kolenko
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Makes 1 1/2 cups


  • 2 cups red lentils, soaked for 1 hour and drained

  • Canola oil, for frying

  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper


  1. Soak the red lentils in water for 1 hour. Drain and pat the lentils dry with paper towels. In a large cast-iron skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil until shimmering. Fry the lentils in batches, stirring, until yellow and crisp, about 2 minutes per batch. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. In a small bowl, toss the fried lentils with the paprika, season with salt and pepper and serve.

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