North African Meatless Stew

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

The original recipe uses beef chuck, but I adapted it to use veggie crumbles that resemble meat. I used Morningstar Farms "sausage" soy crumbles, but you could use ground beef or cubed chuck, or any similar type of main ingredient. I use the "fire-roasted" type of diced tomatoes to get the smoky flavor in the stew.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Saute onions in olive oil until translucent, then add garlic and saute 2-3 minutes more.
  2. Add frozen soy crumbles directly to pan, stir and cook until no frozen bits remain.
  3. Add saffron, turmeric, tomatoes and water.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Pick over dal to remove any debris, rinse well, and add to cooking pot.
  6. Add lemon zest, cinnamon and allspice and mix well.
  7. Let simmer on stovetop over medium-low heat, about 20-25 minutes, or as long as needed to completely cook and dissolve the dal. Stir frequently. Add more water if needed.
  8. Just prior to serving add lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.
Most Helpful

5 5

Yummy, easy and healthy to boot, lol. Will absolutely make this again! :D

4 5

Really nice meatless meal choice that is flexible and flavorful. When I first made this, I buzzed my tomatoes with an immersion blender to make them smooth (DH not a chunky tomato fan), added a little more onion, a little more garlic, and used reconstituted TVP crumbles in place of frozen soy crumbles. It was a lot more liquid than I expected (because I liquified the tomatoes???), so I added some instant brown rice at the end of the cooking time. Flavor was very, very good. The dal never dissolved completely, but that's no problem for my family. My coworker ate hers over mashed potatoes at lunch today and said it was a yummy combination. Like all stews, the flavor was better after being "married" for a while, so it lent itself well to freezing. Made for Freezer Tag March 2008. To freeze: prepare as directed. Freeze in freezer-safe containers. To serve: reheat on low until thouroughly hot. May be thawed in the refrigerator or in a lunchbox if desired/needed.

5 5

Woops, I made this quite awhile ago... I think I needed to review while the site was experiencing problems & I never came back to review. We all loved this! Very easy & VERY flavorful. Made for NA*ME Tag. :)