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Hearty winter red lentil stew – vegan

Delicious winter red lentil stew – step by step guide with photos

It’s getting colder with each day and winter is here. We’re looking forward to the holiday season. This weather, this time of the year gets me in the mood for warm, hearty food. Yes, cinnamon and cookies too, but also hot stews and soups. Warming, easy food for comfy days.

I am in the mood to cuddle with my cats and just relax on the couch with a warm bowl in hand. So, naturally, I got wandering – what are we having for dinner today? I checked my pantry – you know me, all for quick, easy and affordable recipes. So, here I am and a jar of dried red lentils before me. There it is!

My decision – I am making a hearty, winter red lentil stew to warm me up in this cold day. Let’s make it together with this step by step guide!

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My ingredients – chopped and prepared for the recipe

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The ingredients are simple and available everywhere:

  • 2 roasted red peppers
  • 1 cup of dry red lentil
  • 1/2 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 big red onion
  • salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary

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Sauteeing the veggies before adding the red lentil ….

I start by chopping the onion finely and sauteeing for 5 minutes in a large wok pan. Meanwhile I chop the roasted red peppers and fiter the water for cooking.

Then I add the chopped red pepper and the can of chopped tomatoes and sautee for 5 more minutes.

I leave it on medium heat for another 5-10 minutes. This is when I also add the spices and mix it alltogether. In my experience, sauteeing in a bit of oil releases the aromas in the food. 

After I’m happy with the sauteed onions, peppers and tomatoes, I add the red lentil and also sautee it for a couple of minutes.

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… and after adding the red lentil to the sauteed veggies

Now it’s time to add some water – about 3 cups of water per 1 cup of red lentil. This will make a hearty, thick winter red lentil stew. I like to use filtered water even when I cook so I prepared it while the veggies were sauteeing.

Let it brew on medium to low heat for about 45 minutes or until it thickens to your liking. Red lentil is much quicker to soften and boil through than green lentil, for example.

Note – I use dry lentil in this recipe. If you use canned, the boiling time will be shorter.

We’re ready! You can serve the stew with potato mash or rice with veggies. It’s also great on its own.

Did you make this recipe? Show me your photos in the comments below or share with your friends!