Winter spiced lentil stew

spiced lentil stew

It is freezing here in Brisbane - QLD and we are well and truly into stew & soup season! To keep those winter bugs away, I quite often will add more garlic, ginger, chilli & turmeric to my dishes to help boost that immune system & keep up my gut health. This is a fabulous recipe that takes little effort & can even be made the day before for easy preparation. It is one you can also add to the slow cooker for even less work + an always be frozen for future meals. 


The best way to start mixing up your kitchen creations is by changing up your spices, your grains & your vegetables. Feel free to change out the lentils in this recipe for barley or pearl cous cous or even brown brice. You can even add 3 chicken drumsticks to the early stages of the stew for 20 minutes until the meat falls off the bone if you wanted to add meat or a small smoked ham hock . 

[Note - if you want to add the ham hock, boil it in plain water for 90 minutes until the meat can be pulled off the bone & then use this stock to make your stew]



  • 1    Whole brown onion
  • 2    Cloves minced garlic
  • 1    Teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1    Butternut pumpkin
  • 2    Carrots diced
  • 2    Potatoes diced
  • 1     Cup green lentils
  • 1/2 Cup yellow or red lentils
  • 1    Litre vegetable stock
  • OPTIONAL - 1/2 a cup of coconut milk
  • 1    Teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon clove powder

[NOTE: It is okay if you don't have all of these spices - use what you have ]


  1. Dice the onion & add to a soup pot with some olive oil
  2. Add the garlic & ginger 
  3. Add the SPICES
  4. Once the aromas of the spices can be smelled, add the vegetables 
  5. Saute the veggies until a tiny bit of caramelisation has appeared 
  6. Add the stock & cover for 10 minutes to bring to the boil 
  7. Add the lentils & let simmer for 20-25 minutes until lentils are cooked
  8. Check the stew and decide whether you like it thick or you prefer a more soupy texture [Add more stock or water if you prefer more of a soupy texture]
  9. Season with salt & pepper + optionally add the coconut milk
  10. Garnish with parsley or coriander or if you're feeling adventurous... some crumbled goats cheese or parmesan 


Feel free to experiment with this recipe! Use Cauliflower, zucchinis, sweet potato! You can also add meat or change up the lentils for some other grains of choice - it is super versatile! 

Humble Wholefoods x. 

spiced lentil stew
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