Don’t let its plain appearance fool you (that’s what the pretty bowl is for anyway).  These lentils, baked for a long time with tomatoes and molasses, are incredibly delicious especially served over rice or pasta.


  • 2 cups brown lentils, uncooked
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 (12-ounce) can tomatoes, blended


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large pot, boil 5 cups of water and cook the lentils until they’re tender, about 20 minutes. When the lentils are soft and have absorbed the water, add the remaining ingredients (salt, molasses, olive oil, onion, tomatoes) and stir to combine.
  • Transfer the lentils to a baking dish and bake for 60 minutes. Serve over rice or pasta as a main dish, or enjoy as a side dish.

Ready in about 2 hours
Makes 8-10 servings

About the Author

Sarah Jung

Sarah Jung is the associate director of Life and Health Network but wears a plethora of hats as editor, communications director, and sometimes photographer. Unrelated to Life and Health, Sarah is the country director and founding member of Oon Jai Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower people living in developing countries through friendship and working, learning, and mentoring side-by-side with the locals. In her spare time, Sarah likes to read, write, and find mountains to climb.

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