Savory Red Lentil Stew

Published by Bonnie on

I found the original idea for this red lentil stew from Martha Stewart’s site.  I changed a few things to make it a bit faster to prepare and also a bit more kid-friendly.

There is a perfect pairing of spices in this recipe that give it a robust flavor without overwhelming the tastebuds.  And talk about fiber! The red lentils themselves provide over half of the Daily Value for fiber, and the sweet potatoes add in their share on top of that.

kids and lentils

Did you know that the main difference between red and green lentils is the cooking time? Red lentils cook in less than 30 minutes!

As always, to make this a bit faster, have all the ingredients measured and chopped first.  That way, you can easily add when you need to, and the cooking time will be just perfect.

Savory Red Lentil Stew

Course Dinner
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Bonnie Hershey


  • 2 TBL extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 TBL curry seasoning
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 TBL fresh ginger peeled and minced
  • 2 large sweet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 1/2 Cups red lentils rinsed
  • 6 Cups chicken broth organic or low-sodium
  • Freshly shaved parmesan cheese for serving


  • Heat oil in a large deep pot over medium heat.
  • Add the spices and warm up for 1 minute.
  • Mix in the onion and season with salt. Cook for 3-4 minutes while stirring.
  • Add garlic and ginger, and cook 2 more minutes while stirring.
  • Finally, add sweet potatoes, bell pepper, lentils and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 25 minutes.
  • While the stew simmers, prepare a bowl of freshly shaved parmesan cheese to use as a topping. This is also a great time to warm in the oven some brown grainy bread to serve on the side!


Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for tomorrow's lunch!




Bonnie Hershey currently serves as a business and nutrition coach with their business, Hershey Holistic Health. She holds an undergrad degree in education, and a certification in Practical Nutrition from the Northwest Academy of Practical Nutrition. She has over 20 years of leadership experience and enjoys encouraging others in their personal growth.


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