Easy Moroccan Lentil Stew

It started with a Pinterest search for recipe inspiration. I came across this Martha Stewart recipe and I was excited because I had all the ingredients on hand and it seemed simple enough. After chopping my carrots and adding onion (rather than shallots) into my olive oil, I scrolled down to the bottom of the recipe and read some of the reviews. Almost every person that commented said it was bland. No flavor. Boring. Basic.

Uh oh.

So after I dumped in the lentils and began to let them simmer, I tried to think of what else I could add to this recipe to spice it up. I scrolled through a few Moroccan stew recipes for ideas and took a chance by adding inΒ  a few spices. Honestly, it turned out better than I expected and I’m glad I measured everything out so I can make it again! I was originally going to add bulgur to this dish but I decided to keep it gluten free so more of you could enjoy it!

moroccan lentil stew

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Easy Moroccan Lentil Stew
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Serves 2 as a main dish or 4 as a side.
Recipe type: Stew
Cuisine: Moroccan
Serves: 2
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ medium onion
  • 2 large carrots (or ~12 baby carrots)
  • 1 cup of dried brown lentils (red or green would work, too)
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • Dash of black pepper
  1. Start by mincing the garlic and dicing the onion and carrots.
  2. Add them all to a large pot with the olive oil.
  3. Cook over medium heat for 6 minutes until the onion and carrots begin to soften.
  4. Add the lentils and water and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Add the salt and spices and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  6. Serve hot.

moroccan stewAlex and I had this for lunch on one of the many snowy days last week. It was a perfect warm-you-up-from-the-inside type of recipe but I have a feeling we’ll be making this again soon. Alex gave it a good review and it’s a recipe that can easily be made ahead of time and packed in a lunchbox. It’s also really healthy and lentils are an awesome (and cheap!) source of protein.

This healthy lentil soup recipe is vegan & gluten free. It's loaded with protein and fiber so it's the perfect weeknight dinner recipe to keep you full!

It’s supposed to be pretty cold here the rest of the week, so I plan on making more comfort food!

Do you go “off recipe” or do you like to follow recipes exactly?


  1. This looks lovely Liz. I have a Moroccan tagine recipe that I love to make, those warm spices are gorgeous.

  2. Sounds delicious! I love lentil soups/stews it’s always so filling and perfect for a cold winter day. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Hot stew sounds great on a cold and gross day like this! I usually stick to the recipe if it’s an area I’m really unfamiliar with, but if it’s ingredients I work with regularly I’ll improvise.

  4. we are home bound today due to icy road so this soup or any soup would be perfect right now.

  5. I tend to go off recipe to save money or just use things up, but the results aren’t always so great. My husband is big on correct ingredients so I’m trying to cook “right”. πŸ˜‰

  6. I love lentils. Like, really, love! But sadly my tummy doesn’t like them so much, and what’s even more sad is that the hubby doesn’t love them so much either. Waaaahhhhh

  7. Lentils and split pea soup are my favorite. I tend to follow a recipe closely but will make small changes and updates like spices or something.

  8. I rarely follow a recipe…I use it as more of a starting point. I be the turmeric made this dish extra tasty!

  9. Yum! This looks delicious. If I’m baking I will follow the recipe as closely as possible, if it’s cooking I will usually stray and adjust it to my preference.

  10. I love lentils! I very very rarely follow a recipe. Instead, I look at them as inspiration, to get some ideas and then do my own thing.

  11. I’ve become pretty religious about reading the reviews on a recipe before I make it – I’ve seen one too many disasters. This looks really good though- and your orange/avocado salad was a hit this last weekend <3

  12. Yum I made a moroccan dish a little while back and was also quite pleased with the results. Can’t wait to try these yummy spices with hearty lentils!! What a treat!

  13. Lentils are some of my favorite things to experiment with! They work awesome in stews and they also make a pretty good vegetarian meat loaf!

  14. This looks so good! I am supposed to avoid beans due to IBS but I load up on Beano and eat ’em anyway. Such a super food! Oh – I also LOVE to go off recipe, which drives my BF totally nuts. I call him “Rule-y Ronnie” in the kitchen πŸ˜›

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    • Haha my husband is the exact same way! He’s an engineer so he’s very exact and I’m more of an “eyeball it” kind of measure-r πŸ˜‰

  15. Moroccan spices are perfect for the cold weather! I love how simple and easy this is!

  16. I’m an off recipe kinda girl. Except for with baking. I’ve learned the hard way it’s veryyy important to do baking recipes exactly as listed.

  17. I’m definitely an off recipe cook πŸ™‚ I adore lentils, this looks great! Do you think it could be done in the slow cooker?

  18. Yummm this looks delish, Liz! I like following recipes, but I think that’s because I like following directions, haha.

  19. This sounds so easy! And adding in more spices is never a bad thing in my opinion. We always ‘forget’ about lentils as an option since it seems like they take so long to prepare. Silly.

  20. Alex @ The Zen Kat says:

    I like posts like this that re-do a recipe out there. Yours looks good! I’m definitely not a recipe follower. πŸ˜‰

  21. This looks so yummy! I’m very happy I found your blog!
    xx Elle

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  22. OMG this looks so good! And thanks for making it gf. I’m not-so-secretly pretending you did that just for me! πŸ™‚ xxoo

  23. I haven’t cooked much with lentils, but this looks like a nice easy way to start!


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