Red Lentil Porridge

Red Lentil Porridge

Because red lentils are so neutral in flavour, they can be added to most any dish and blend right in. This includes oatmeal. Try cooking them along with your old-fashioned oats to boost fibre and protein in your breakfast.


  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) dry split red lentils
  • 1 cup (250 mL) old fashioned (large flake) oats
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup (85 mL) raisins or other dried fruit (optional)
  • milk and brown sugar or maple syrup, for serving


  1. In a medium saucepan, cover the lentils with 1/2 cup water and bring to a simmer; cook for 5 minutes. Add the oats, cinnamon, salt and another 2 cups water; bring to a boil and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring often, until the oats and lentils are tender and any excess moisture has been absorbed.
  2. Stir in the raisins and remove from heat. Let sit for 2-3 minutes, then serve hot, sprinkled or drizzled with brown sugar or maple syrup and milk. Serves 4.

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