This is an excellent slow cooker recipe... Mix ingredients and let cook. Delicious! Spiced with cumin and coriander and flavored with tomato paste, this veggie-filled lentil stew will keep you warm for winter, and all year round! Good with a loaf of fresh-baked rustic bread! Vegetarian and vegan. Serve with a piece of bread for dipping.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
3 hrs 10 mins
total:
3 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Warm water and vegetable bouillon in a slow cooker on High until dissolved. Add lentils, carrots, and potatoes.

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  • Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add cumin and coriander and cook and stir until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Add oil, followed by onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and transfer to the slow cooker. Stir. Add tomato paste, salt, and pepper. Stir in spinach.

  • Cook on High, stirring every 30 minutes, until lentils are tender and stew has thickened, 3 to 4 hours.

Cook's Notes:

You can use 5 cups pre-made vegetable broth instead of water and bouillon.

Add more liquid if it's too thick for you. It's so flavorful that adding water won't affect it much. But only add an extra cup or so, no more.

You can follow these directions using a large pot and cooking on your stove over low heat for several hours instead of using a slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts

208 calories; protein 12g; carbohydrates 36.4g; fat 2.1g; sodium 193.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews

Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2021
Added some extra garlic and an extra cup of stock near the of cooking time; used a slow cooker. Delicious - this recipe is a keeper! Perfect warm, hearty meal for winter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2021
Versatile recipe. Didn't have the 3 hrs 30 minutes before supper, so I sauteed the onions in oil, cumin, and curry instead of coriander. Threw it all in the pressure cooker with a package of frozen carrots. Pressure cooked on high for 45 minutes. Thickened up more than expected, but the water added after cooking brought it back to a good consistency. It was delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2021
Delicious! I’m a lentil lover and this was so very good . I used the veggie broth instead of just water and added an additional cup of broth during the last hour. It’s an excellent vege stew!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2021
This was very tasty. I made it exactly as written using half and half red and green lentils Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2021
Not a huge lentil fan but I thought this recipe was great! I was shocked that I had every single ingredient on hand (not normally the case). I read all the reviews since there weren't that many. I agree that it needs more liquid so I started w/6 C. water. Ended up adding 2 more cups over the cooking time so I would say this stew/soup needs 8 C. water. I used Better Than Bouillon Veggie Base and I probably went a little overboard on that but it was still good. I'm not a vegetarian so I might try chicken or beef broth next time. Might back off a little on the cumin and experiment with other spices. To the reviewers who say their lentils were still crunchy...did you cook it on high? Mine came out perfect & by the way mine looked exactly like the picture ?? Very hearty soup and will def make it again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/10/2021
I made this, and it tastes good; but it certainly does not look anything like the picture. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/04/2021
This is a very flavorful dish! I followed the recipe exactly, except I added an additional 1 and 1/2 cup of liquid. I'm glad that I did because at the end of the cooking time, there was no liquid left in the slow cooker. I will make again but will either add much more broth or lessen the amount of lentils. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2021
This was delicious and easy. I know it was a vegiterian recipe, but my husband asked me to add stew meat. I used a dutch oven to brown the meat first, then followed the recipe, adding meat back in before simmering. It turned out great. Looking forward to having the original recipe in the future as well. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2021
A lot of cumin. I added slivered left-over steak and some green chili. Delish Read More
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