Ají De Lentejas (Bolivian Spicy Lentil Stew)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins

A Bolivian vegan recipe from Around the World. The salsa is also typical of Ecuador, Chile, Peru, and northern Chile. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sarsa (salsa):.
  2. Mix ingredients, and set aside, The longer it sits, the more the lime juice infuses everything with flavor.
  3. To cook the lentils:.
  4. Put in a saucepan, cover with water. Add salt, 1/2 garlic clove and oil. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook for 20 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Drain and remove the garlic. Set aside.
  5. While the lentils are cooking, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan.
  6. Fry the garlic and the parsley on medium heat until the garlic is golden. Add the chopped onion until the onions become shiny (this means they're cooked but not yet golden).
  7. Add the ground hot pepper and a splash of water. Let it cook for 1 minute. Keep stirring. Add the chopped tomatoes, 1/4 cup of water, salt and pepper.
  8. Cover and cook for 25 minutes at low-medium heat.
  9. Add lentils and mix with sauce.
  10. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  11. Serve with white or brown rice and top with 1-2 spoons of sarsa(salsa).


Most Helpful

Five stars, for sure. I loved this. The blend of flavors (garlic, lime, onion, etc.) was wonderful. I used dried, crushed red pepper, only about a half teaspoon, and that was perfect. The lentils took a little longer to cook than 20 minutes. I served it over white rice. Lovely recipe.

windhorse23 March 02, 2010

This is absolutely delicious! Very healthy and hearty and earthy. Very primal! Loved it! Thanks, Sharon123! Made for Vegetarian Recipe Swap.

mersaydees February 22, 2009

This recipe was included in Book#228608. August 26, 2008 -- I wanted to try a stew that was different than the kind I usually make, and I'm so glad I tried this terrific recipe. I like spicy food, so the amount of pepper was just right for me, but my son thought it was a little too spicy for him; next time I'll use less pepper just for his preference. And the salsa is awesome! I put the salsa in the refrigerator overnight, and it came out delicious, refreshing and light in taste. This is a great salsa recipe which can be used to enhance the flavor of many dishes. Thanks for posting this great recipe, Sharon.

TasteTester January 30, 2009

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