red lentil stew

2 servings — 20 minutes

A recipe I've prepared several times on long ocean passages, it's a one-pot recipe that is very versatile, filling and quick to prepare.

How to serve

We sometimes just eat it as is, or serve it on top of pasta (as a sauce) or basmati rice. We also like to serve it with flat bread. This dish is also delicious with chili pepper flakes. Another alternative is to serve it as a side dish, to omit the lentils, add more vegetables and to cook them with the same spices in a pan.


The recipe works well with most vegetables, it's easy to adapt and won't affect the taste or cooking time of the dish. Take note that adding red cabbage instead of green will alter the colour of the dish. Cooking the lentils with water instead of vegetable broth is possible, the spices add enough flavor. I also sometimes add konbu dashi as a more neutral base.

For a more complex taste, add cardamom, fenugreek seeds and cinnamon.

Only use shelled lentils, as whole lentils take longer to cook and the vegetables will soften too much.


olive oil 15 ml
yellow onion 1 medium
black pepper 1.25 g
cumin seeds 2 g
ground turmeric 1.25 g
carrots 1 medium
potatoes 2, medium
green cabbage 375 ml
salt 1.25 g
red lentils 100 g
vegetable bouillon 350 ml