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Red Lentil Stew #Heathy Eating #Easy International Recipe

Red Lentil Stew: simplelivingeating.com

I've heard a lot of talk of folks making beans especially lentils to bring prosperity for the New Year. Beans look like coins... money... you get the symbolism.

I look at eating beans as bringing good fortune in the New Year because they are inexpensive to buy and they are super healthy to eat. Lentils are high in dietary fiber, low in fat and calories and a good source of iron...plus they cook up quickly and don't cause gas like other beans. 

Red Lentil Stew: simplelivingeating.com

This is a simple dish that can be made the night before and heated up quickly. Or you can simmer it in the morning and leave it sitting on the stove until dinner. The lentils will continue to cook and soften over the day. You can also throw this in a crockpot on low and have it ready 8 hours later.

However you prepare this dish; it's a perfect weekday meal... with some brown basmati rice it's a complete meal. Satisfy but very, very healthy.

Red Lentil Stew

by Diane Balch at simplelivingeating.com
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: soup/stew gluten-free vegetarian lentils Indian

Ingredients (6 to 8)
  • 1 tablespoon of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cups of chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of dried red lentils
  • 1 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped cilantro

1) On medium high heat place oil in a large sauce pan.

2) Saute the onions. When they start to get soft add the garlic.

3) When garlic softens, do not brown. Add: turmeric and cumin. Heat for about a minute to let the spices bloom.

4) Add lentils and ginger mix well let heat for about 1 minute.

5) Add broth. Bring to a boil, stir occasionally. Lower to a simmer.

6) Add tomatoes, cover and let simmer; stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes or until lentils are tender.

Serve over basmati rice with whole yogurt and topped with cilantro. Naan bread is nice with this too and a side of green vegetables.

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  1. Diane,
    This stew looks amazing with the cumin, ginger, and turmeric.. Happy New Year!

  2. Diane,
    I love lentils. Your stew looks delicious. Hope you had a Happy New Year's.

    1. I'm guessing that you were brought up eating them like I was.

  3. It looks soooooooooooo inviting!! It's cold here and this is the best meal for winter :)

    1. I bet it's not as cold as us. It's 6 degrees in NY today. Enjoy the lentils... one of my favorite winter foods too.

  4. Dear Diane, I have a big jar of lentils I received over Christmas. The time has flown by so quickly I just never got around to making them. I do usually make lentils and pork for New Years. These look so comforting and delicious. I never get tired of lentils. They are one my favorites. Wishing you all the best for New Year. Blessings my friend, Catherine xo

    1. Blessings to you too Catherine.
      Yes, lentils are such a good dish to make anytime of year.

  5. looks delicious - such a homey plate of food

  6. What a post today...it will be a great dinner tonight after a day of snow, sleet and freezing rain. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  7. This looks delicious, I love lentils! They sound so good with the turmeric and ginger. Visiting from Lets Get Real :)

  8. It's only been a few years that I've been exposed to lentils, but I really appreciate how quickly they cook compared to other beans. I like to cook them with southwest flavors and use them as taco filling. This stew looks delicious. Simple and packed with flavor.

  9. I've never tried lentils, but this looks so good! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  10. I've always been a bit intimidated by red lentils and thought they were tricky to cook but your recipe makes them look really easy - and very delicious too, Diane! Thank you for sharing this wholesome, comforting recipe with us at the Hearth and Soul hop. Pinned and will tweet :-)

  11. Hi Diane,
    What a beautiful presentation for your Red Lentil Stew, this looks delicious. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome talent with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. I just made this today, but I added some chopped carrots and celery. It was a delicious lunch! Thank you for the recipe.

    1. You are so welcome. Carrots are an excellent addition.


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