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Jan 23, 2008 06:07 AM

Red Lentils in NYC

Hi! I really want to try out the recipe for red lentil soup that was in the NYTimes last week, but couldn't find red lentils in my local grocery store (Westside Market). How hard do you think I'll have to look for these? Will a trip to Fairway do it? How about Garden of Eden? Anybody got a source for these in New York? Alternatively, has anyone made the soup? How did it turn out?

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  1. Hello:

    You can find red lentils at Buona Italia in Chelsea Market. They are marked as "Red Turkish Lentils" and only cost a couple of bucks.



    1. I have seen red lentils at Fairway, Chelsea Market fruit exchange (actually saw them there just this morning) and I would bet you could find them at Trader Joe's, Sahadi's and probably Garden of Eden. They are usually packaged in plastic containers (like cole slaw comes in).
      I did make the soup, and followed the recipe exactly(except that I doubled it) and it is WONDERFUL(and easy)!!!
      Good luck on your search, and enjoy the soup.

      1. If you have easy access to a shop with a large selection of Goya products you should be able to find them there. Also- in Indian markets you will see them sold as Masoor Dal.

        1. I just bought red lentils for EXACTLY the same reason. :) That recipe sounds so good.

          I got them at the upstairs organic department of Fairway on 74th Street in the loose/bulk section. They are "organic red lentils" at $1.59 per pound (of course, in the bulk section you just get however much you want).

          When you make the soup, please report back!

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          1. re: LNG212

            I have never actually been upstairs there... I was looking for a place nearby for bulk grains and that sounds perfect!!! Grocery shopping on thursday it looks like! I will definitely post back about the soup, though probably not until next week!

            1. re: polyhymnia

              I think Fairway has a pretty good bulk selection. It's kind of hidden up there -- up a ramp/stairs that is located behind the power bars area. They have all sorts of grains, granolas, legumes, nuts, dried fruits and also things like candied ginger. And it's also not usually as crazy-crowded up there as it is downstairs.

          2. Good Housekeeping also had a recipe for a red lentil soup.