Red Lentil Dip

Lentil hummus topped with tomato paste oil sauce and minced parsley in a blue bowl.

Spicy and tangy red lentil dip served with a tomato paste oil sauce, parsley and sumac.



  • 1 cup red lentils 

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 2 cup water

  • 1 clove garlic

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons tahini

  • 1 lemon, juice only

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Sauce for topping:

  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • A pinch of sumac

  • chopped parsley


  1. Put red lentils, onion and water in a pot. Bring it to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium low and let it simmer until all the water is absorbed and onions are tender. This will take 15-20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it cool down for 10-15 minutes.  
  3. Put the cooked lentils, garlic, olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, salt, cumin, paprika and black pepper in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Transfer into a bowl.
  4. For the topping sauce, heat olive oil in a saucepan. Add in tomato paste and paprika. Cook for a minute by stirring for about a minute. 
  5. Pour the sauce over the lentil hummus. Sprinkle sumac and parsley. 
  6. Serve with veggies or chips. 


  1. Be careful when cooking the lentils. Cook them uncovered or half covered with the lid to keep safe. It might easily overflow.
  2. If you think there is too much water left after cooking lentils, just drain it.
  3. You can use whichever lentils you have on hand. Even canned lentils if you want to be even quicker. But in our recipe, we cook them with onion. So if you don’t want to miss the onion flavor, cook finely chopped onion until translucent with a little olive oil and blend it along with everything.
  4. You can always taste and make adjustments after blending everything.
  5. You can leave tahini out if you want. Then use extra olive oil or use a substitution like almond butter or cashew butter.
  6. It might separate when you freeze. It’s ok. Just give it a good stir after thawing.


Keywords: red lentil dip, lentil hummus