Aliciouslyvegan: Red Lentil Salad ala Neni

The other day Mr A actually said what he wanted for dinner (usually, he will happily eat whatever I put on the table) – something like the lentil salad from Neni, Haya Molcho’s restaurant at Naschmarkt.

Dry roasting coriander and cumin seeds with chili
Dry roasting coriander and cumin seeds with chili

It was time for me to become creative, google a little and then come up with something somewhat resembling the original.

Red onion


Red lentil salad
Serves 3
An easy-to-prepare salad that can be eaten warm and cold and makes a great side dish for picnics and barbecues
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 1/2 ts coriander seeds
  2. 1/2 ts cumin seeds
  3. chili
  4. 1 cup red lentils
  5. 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  6. 1/2 tbsp of soy sauce
  7. salt & pepper
  8. peanut oil
  9. Fresh coriander to garnish
  1. Dry roast coriander and cumin carefully so as not to burn them (like I did the first time).
  2. Add peanut oil and brown the onion.
  3. Add lentils and coat them with oil before cautiously adding a good cup of water.
  4. Leave lentils to simmer until the water has evaporated, stir in the soy sauce and add salt and pepper to your taste.
  5. Garnish with a few coriander leaves.
Lentils boiling vigorously (just after adding water)
Lentils boiling vigorously (just after adding water)
Do you have a recipe from a restaurant that you like to recreate at home? Let me know what it is!


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2 thoughts on “Aliciouslyvegan: Red Lentil Salad ala Neni”

  1. Uh! New blog design! It’s pretty!
    Also I love the photo of the roasted coriander and cumin seeds. I try to recreate & veganize restaurant dishes all the time. I have so many on my to-cook list, pide or lahmacun for example. 🙂

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