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red lentil mash with labneh and chives

Red Lentil Mash with Labneh and Chives

This comforting healthier alternative to mashed potatoes is such a hit! Boiled red lentils, mashed into creamy perfection, then folded with a little bit of ghee. Plate and top with labneh (a kefir cheese,) salt, pepper, paprika and chives. If you're vegan you can also use a vegan butter substitute and a vegan yogurt or sour cream on top!
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Middle Eastern
Servings 4 side portions


Red Lentil Mash

  • 2 cups red lentils washed, any stones removed
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp ghee can sub for vegan alternative butter or just plain old butter!


  • Labneh can sub for Greek yogurt or a vegan alternative
  • Chopped chives or scallions
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Sprinkle of smoked paprika
  • Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil


  • Put the lentils in a pot and season with salt, paprika, cumin and garlic powder. Then, add the vegetable stock and water until the lentils are fully covered in the liquid.
  • Bring the liquid to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Simmer the lentils for 20 minutes, until they have absorbed all of the liquid. If they are still rigid and maintained their lentil shape, add 1/4 cup more water or stock and allow the lentils to absorb, until they lose most of their shape, resulting in a mash. We don't want the lentils to become too watery like a soup, but we also don't want them to keep their shape. Do what feels best to you!
  • Once the desired lentil mash is achieved, remove the pot from the heat. Add 2 tbsp of ghee and fold into the mash with a spoon, until fully combined.
  • Plate the lentils and use the back of your spoon to create a divot. Add about 1 tbsp of labneh (or the alternative of your choice) to the divot, then drizzle olive oil on top. Finish with salt, pepper, paprika and a generous amount of chives or scallions.
Keyword chives, cumin, labneh, olive oil, paprika, red lentils