Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins
the perfect vegetarian dish! serve with couscous.
- 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 medium onions, diced
- 2 small fresh chili peppers, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 cup dried lentils
- 4 tomatoes, peeled,seeded and chopped
- 1⁄4 cup tomato puree
- 1 cup chickpeas, cooked or canned (if canned, drain and rinse)
- 1 cup carrot, cut into 1/2 inch dice
- 1 1⁄2 cups green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 zucchini, cut into 1 inch dice
- 3⁄4 cup frozen green pea
- 1⁄2 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
- 1 tablespoon za'atar spice mix
- salt and pepper, to taste.
- In a medium or large saucepan over medium heat, warm the butter or oil.
- Add the onions and chilies and cook until the onions begin to soften, about 10 minutes.
- Add the paprika, cayenne and cumin and continue to sauté until the onions are tender and fragrant, a few minutes longer.
- Add the lentils, tomatoes, tomato puree and water just to cover.
- Simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Add the chickpeas, carrots, green beans, zucchini, and green peas.
- Simmer until tender, about 10 to 15 minutes more.
- Note: this recipe can be prepared in advance up to this point.
- Allow to cool, refrigerate and serve within a couple of days.
- Add the parsley and zaatar during the last five minute of cooking.
- Season to taste.
- Transfer to a warm serving dish and serve immediately.
A very nice recipe. Makes a lot of food. Served on a bed of quinoa. I added extra spice.
This was very delicious. A nice, healthy dinner with a lot of protein! I followed the recipe pretty closely and we both enjoyed it.
This was very, very good. I made it in my tagine cooker and it was so easy. Cooking time was a bit longer than posted. I was afraid the veggies would be mushy, but they were not. They were still a bit crisp, just perfect. I didn't have za'atar spice, but I found a recipe for the mix and made my own. I just happened to have ground sumac in my spice cupboard. What a great spice for this tagine! I made no changes. It didn't need any.