Warm Spiced Lentils

1 cup petite green lentils
1 small onion, peeled
4 whole cloves
2 bay leaves
1 (2-inch) lemon rind strip
1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
3/4 cup chopped red onion
1 cup chopped seeded tomato
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 lemon wedges


Place lentils in a large saucepan, and cover with water to 2 inches above lentils. Stud whole onion with cloves. Add studded onion, bay leaves, and rind to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until lentils are just tender. Drain well. Discard onion, bay leaves, and rind.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add chopped red onion; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato and the next 6 ingredients (through garlic); cook 2 minutes. Stir in lentils, cilantro, and parsley; cook 2 minutes. Stir in juice, salt, and black pepper. Serve warm with lemon wedges.
from Cooking Light.