Nutritious and flavor-packed Moroccan Lentil Stew tastes simply awesome! This hearty and comforting recipe is full of lentils, chunky vegetables, earthy Mediterranean spices and lemon juice.
You don’t have to be Vegan to fall in love with this delicious meatless stew. Similar to Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup, Vegan Stuffed Cabbage Stew and Creamy Potato Soup, this one pot meal is perfect for busy weeknight family dinners.
The inspiration to make this Moroccan Lentil Stew came from an Artisan Spice Store at Chelsea Market. Pranjali and I love to hang out in Chelsea Market whenever I visit New York.
We love to sample the food from around the world, shop in those cute stores and bring back happy souvenirs and some exotic spices from the Spice Market. On one such visit, we got the Moroccan Curry Powder. It smelled heavenly.
Cinnamon was one of the main ingredients that was different than most other curry powders we have had sampled before. With the sweeter note of that flavor, we decided to use it with sweet potatoes.
Lentils were obvious choice to bulk it up. And there my friends, the Moroccan Lentil Stew happened in our kitchen. Full of flavors and hearty texture.
Vegan Moroccan Lentil Stew
I kept this Moroccan Style Lentil Stew completely vegan/vegetarian friendly so everyone can enjoy this. If you are using Instant Pot, it’s super simple and quick to make.
As is this recipe is vegan, gluten free and soy free but very easy to adapt to your dietary preferences. And it is a perfect warm, FEEL GOOD food.
In middle of dead winter season where temperatures are struggling to stay above freezing, you need this comfort food. The chunky vegetables and lentils in this Moroccan Style Lentil Stew will do their job to bring happiness.
This recipe also is freezer friendly. The infused spices make the stew taste even better the next day so leftovers are welcome. So you can easily double the recipe.
Sweet potato and lentil stew is perfect for school or work lunches the next day. You might have to add little water while re-heating since the stew will thicken over time.
One sure sign you’re cooking something really amazing is when the aroma fills your home and makes it smell magical. This is one of those recipes. Onions, garlic, cinnamon and curry powder become incredibly fragrant while cooking. You won’t be surprised if folks get intrigued for what’s cooking even before dinnertime.
We’re talking meaty lentils, soft melt in your mouth sweet potatoes, sweet carrots and rich -uber flavorful gravy. This meal is full of plant protein, fiber and nutrients.
Based on your texture preference, you could easily make it soup, stew or chili. Add a bit more liquid to make it Moroccan Lentil Soup. Hubby and boys like to call it a Chili but since I made it with chunky veggie pieces, I am settling for stew. What do you guys think?
Similar to Lentil Quinoa Soup, this one pot stew has become a regular on our dinner rotation and lunch boxes. I am sure it will be yours too.
Veggies – Onion, carrots, celery, sweet potatoes, red bell pepper, spinach – you can use what you have easily available. Chopped fresh cilantro is perfect for garnish.
Lentils – I have used Green lentils or Brown lentils to make this soup like stew. You can also use red lentils but texture will be more mushy.
Olive oil, Salt
Spices and Seasoning : garlic, lemon juice, Bay leaf, Curry Powder, Cumin and coriander powder, 21 seasoning salute or any other all purpose seasoning blend, turmeric powder, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg
Chopped cilantro or parsley , lemon wedges, jalapeño peppers for garnish
A NOTE ABOUT SPICES AND SUBSTITUTIONS :
The curry powder and specific aroma make the Moroccan Cuisine really stand out. To get that authentic flare , these Moroccan spices play a huge role. I am a spice aficionado so I like to collect and experiment with unique spice combinations.
HOWEVER, for all practical purposes, you may not have these spices at home. DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT. This recipe includes close substitutes that are easily available. DO GIVE IT A TRY.
To mimic the Moroccan curry powder; I often use regular curry powder + 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder. I highly recommend you buy a quality Curry Powder. Comes in handy to jazz up variety of cuisines.
Ras-el-hanout is frequently used spice in Mediterranean cooking. It’s a ground blend with cumin, coriander, cinnamon, paprika, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom and several other spices.
If you have any all purpose seasoning, start with that. My suggested substitute for this spice is to use cumin-coriander powder + 21 seasoning salute ( Trader Joe’s brand)
Sumac is another frequently used spice in Mediterranean cooking. It has a tart flavor to it. I use a good squeeze of lemon instead.
Instant Pot Directions
Turn on the SAUTE button on your Instant Pot and add the oil. When heated, add the onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes until slightly translucent.
Add garlic and continue to sauté for a minute. Add carrots, celery, sweet potatoes and bell pepper. Dump all the ingredients listed under the seasoning. Mix well. Add washed lentils. Stir well so everything is coated and mixed well. Stir in vegetables broth or water. Check the taste of the seasoning.
Press Cancel. Close the InstantPot lid with vent in sealing position. Select MANUAL and choose 12 minutes. InstantPot will come to pressure and do the cooking.
When it beeps after cooking, wait for 10 minutes on KEEP WARM timer and then release the leftover pressure manually. Carefully open the lid.
Stir in spinach and lemon juice . Mix well. Using a ladle, pour the stew into each serving bowl. Garnish with cilantro or parsley leaves. Serve warm. Enjoy your delicious creation!!
HOW TO MAKE THIS STEW ON STOVE TOP
You can also make this recipe on the stove top as well. Just follow the instructions as above, but use a large stockpot or Dutch oven. Simmer on medium low stirring in frequently until the lentils are soft and sweet potatoes are tender when you poke them with a fork. Keep an eye out on the liquid of the pan since it can burn if unattended. Serve warm. Enjoy your delicious creation!!
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Moroccan Lentil Stew - Instant Pot
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced or pressed
- 1 cup carrots chopped
- 1 cup celery chopped
- 2 sweet potatoes peeled and cubed into chunks
- 1 cup packed spinach - fresh or frozen
- 1 red bell pepper- chopped
- 1.5 cup green or brown lentils washed and rinsed
- 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth or water
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice and lemon wedges for serving
- Chopped cilantro or parsley and jalepeno peppers for garnish
Instant Pot Directions
- Turn on the SAUTE button on your Instant Pot and add the oil. When heated, add the onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes until slightly translucent.
- Add garlic and continue to saute for a minute. Add carrots, celery, sweet potatoes and bell pepper. Dump all the ingredients listed under the seasoning. Mix well. Add washed lentils. Stir well so everything is coated and mixed well. Stir in vegetables broth or water. Check the taste of the seasoning.
- Press Cancel. Close the InstantPot lid with vent in sealing position. Select MANUAL and choose 12 minutes. InstantPot will come to pressure and do the cooking.
- When it is done cooking, wait for 10 minutes on KEEP WARM timer and then release the leftover pressure manually. Carefully open the lid.
- Stir in spinach and lemon juice . Mix well. Using a ladle, pour the stew into each serving bowl. Garnish with cilantro or parsley leaves. Serve warm. Enjoy your delicious creation!!