Monday, December 27, 2010

"La3dass"- Moroccan Lentils Stew

This is a very simple, delicious, and nutritious dish that will surely warm you up this winter. It can be served as a meal on its own with chunky crusty bread to mop up the thick sauce.


What You Need:

1 16oz Dried lentils package
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, diced
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
3 garlic gloves, crushed or chopped
1 Tbsp tomatoes paste
2 Tbsp Olive oil
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (for spicier sauce, use 1/2 tsp)
1/2 tsp cumin
Pinch of Saffron
1 cup water

What To Do:
  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan, add onions, garlic, lentils, all the spices, and sautee for 5 min. Add the tomatoes,tomato paste, chopped cilantro, and cook for an additional 5 min.
  2. Cover with water. Cook covered on high medium heat for 40-45 min or until lentils are tender. Check on the water level frequently. (If using a pressure cooker, cook on low-medium heat for 30 min).
  3. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve immediately with bread.


  1. Thank you for including the pressure cooker directions, this recipe sounds like it would be delicious!


    hip pressure cooking
    making pressure cookers hip again, one recipe at a time!

  2. Laura, you are very welcome. Thank you for stopping by. If you use the pressure cooker, make sure you check on the lentils after 15 min and if they are still not cooked, cover and cook them for an additional 5 min. We don't want them to be too mushy. Please let me know how it turns out when you try the recipe.

  3. I just had this dish yesterday along with couscous and vegetable tagine, loved the subtle flavours.



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