April 17, 2012

Moroccan Vegetable and Lentil Stew

As the autumn finally starts to arrive here in Sydney, I find myself craving for warm soups and stews. I start my day with a bowl of warm oat porridge with chia seeds, grated apple, cinnamon and a splash of home-made almond milk, I eat a huge raw salad for lunch and a warm soup or a stew for dinner. This Moroccan spiced vegetable and lentil stew is one of my recent favourites - the abundance of different vegetables and spices create a truly satisfying meal.

Moroccan Vegetable and Lentil Stew
(serves 2-4)

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
small piece of fresh ginger, grated
2 carrots, finely cubed
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 medium sized eggplant, cubed
100g green beans, chopped
100g button mushrooms, chopped
5-6 tomatoes, chopped
100g red lentils
250ml - 500ml vegetable stock
2 tablespoons tamari
pinch of freshly grounded black pepper

 1. Heat olive oil in a large pan. Add onion, garlic, ginger and carrots. Cook for a few minutes, then add the spices and a splash of vegetable stock. Cook for a further few minutes.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients. Start with just 250ml of vegetable stock and add more when necessary during cooking. Cook the stew for 30-40 minutes or until all the vegetables and the lentils are fully cooked. Serve with a sprinkling of fresh parsley.