Sweet Sesame Lentils

I just finished the Plum Village online retreat “Love is the way.” One key insight I received was that whatever we are chasing after is already inside us.

What does this have to do with lentils?

Well, we already have what we are looking for, we just need to remove the idea that we don’t have it. 

Love is effortless if we remove the idea that we are separated and alone. 

You are not alone, you are not separate from everyone else, we’re all in this together.

In this spirit of interconnectedness, I’d like to share this Korean-inspired dish with you.

It just might melt your heart. 🙂


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar or maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 3/4 cup red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • Cooked rice and/or veggies to serve


In a medium bowl, mix the water, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, ginger, and toasted sesame oil.

In a medium pot, heat the canola oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes until the onion softens and starts to brown.

Next, add the lentils and stir to coat the lentils in the onion loveliness.

Then add in the sauce that you mixed together in your bowl. Stir to combine the sauce with the lentils and onions.

Cover the pot and cook at a low boil for about 10 minutes. After this time, the lentils will be soft and the sauce will be mostly gone.

Serve the sumptuous Korean lentils hot in a bowl with cooked rice or any vegetables you like. Enjoy this bowl of love and know that you already have everything you need. ❤️

Chef Maitri Carmichael brings a creative and peaceful energy to every plate. She grew up in Toronto with a British Grandma and an Italian Nonna who showed their love through food, then she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years, spending her free time at community farms and zen kitchens. Originally a scientist and biotech entrepreneur, she graduated from the Vegan Chef School in London (2021) and the Raw Food Culinary Academy in Vancouver (2023), and is now settled in Hawaii.

3 responses to “Sweet Sesame Lentils”

  1. maitridojo Avatar

    Instagram comment from Evan: Yummmm

    1. maitridojo Avatar

      Thanks Evan! 🙂

  2. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    Kid favorite!

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