Lentil Stew With Pumpkin or Sweet Potatoes

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by Kiwi Kathy

This easy, subtly seasoned stew is an adaptation of a Moroccan recipe by Kitty Morse, from her lovely book “The Vegetarian Table: North Africa.” Whether you choose to use sweet potatoes or winter squash, you’ll be using vegetables with a great deal of vitamin A. Recipe discovered on the NY Times website.

Top Review by umUmar

Made this last night and we all enjoyed this. The taste is actually quiet the same as Moroccan harira. I omitted the carrot and the parsley but added extra sweet potato instead. You can also leave out the saffron if you don't have them.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine the lentils, water or stock, onion, garlic cloves and bay leaf in a large soup pot or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil.
  2. Rub the saffron between your fingers and add to the pot, along with the turmeric and the cilantro. Reduce the heat, add salt to taste, cover and simmer 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the onion and garlic cloves from the pot, and add the remaining ingredients except the parsley. Bring back to a simmer, cover and simmer 30 minutes or until the lentils and vegetables are tender.
  4. Discard the cilantro bundle, taste and adjust seasonings.
  5. Just before serving, stir in the parsley.

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