This is what I have tried as an imitation of a 'Moroccan stew' I had at a vegan restaurant many years ago. I used to work down the street and had this probably twice a week for lunch, but now it's an hour and a half drive away, so I had to try to make it myself! I like to have mine over lentils that have simple wilted greens mixed in such as Swiss chard, kale, spinach, etc.


Recipe Summary

1 hr
1 hr 45 mins
45 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Toast cumin and coriander seeds in a dry frying pan over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer to a mortar and crush with a pestle to break some seeds but leave many whole. Set aside.

  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, and lemon zest; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add salt, pepper, turmeric, cinnamon, allspice, and toasted spice mixture. Stir until evenly coated, being careful not to burn spices, about 1 minute.

  • Pour broth into the pot and bring to a simmer, about 5 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pot. Add tomatoes and lemon juice. Add carrots, butternut squash, and sweet potato. Mix to combine and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes.

  • Taste stew and season with more salt, if desired.

Cook's Notes:

You can sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley over the stew to add some green color to it as well.

If you'd like your vegetables to be softer, let stew simmer for up to 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

305 calories; protein 6.2g; carbohydrates 59.9g; fat 8g; sodium 1200.4mg. Full Nutrition