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Sexy Veggie Lentil Stew – so easy it cooks itself

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Sexy veggie lentil stew. Let’s face it, there’s nothing sexy about stew. But, let me explain. Looking after your body = hot. Hot is sexy. Lentil stew looks after your body, and your body will look after you.

If you’re reading this at the start of the new year, and you’re with the other 100% of people who have joined a new gym, then good on you!

If you haven’t, but have realised what you eat is actually ridiculously important – good on you!

Before I move on to just why this veggie lentil stew is so good for you, I really have to mention how easy it is.

After a couple of minutes prepping, you pretty much throw the rest of the ingredients into a large pot and they’ll cook themselves. Awesome.

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Vegetarian (and vegan) lentil stew

Naturally, this stew is vegetarian. What’s even better is that it’s vegan too. It’s also incredibly nutritious.

Between them, lentils and rice pack one heck of a veggie punch.

Many people just don’t get enough fiber in their diet, and this stew is here to change that.

Just one small portion of it contains 63% of the recommended daily intake, and that’s just the beginning.

Sexy Veggie Lentil Stew - so easy it cooks itself - toast the cumin and cayenne pepper slowly into a large pot #cumin #no oil |
Sexy Veggie Lentil Stew - so easy it cooks itself - add the olive oil, garlic and onion and stir occasionally #onion #garlic |
Sexy Veggie Lentil Stew - so easy it cooks itself - all ingredients have to shimmer for about 20-25 minutes #lentils #gym |

Veggie Lentil Stew – what’s in it for me?

An increase in fiber is linked to so many positive actions for the body – and eating more legumes (like lentils) has been shown in studies to reduce heart disease risk by up to 82%! That’s amazing.

Brown rice is also a nutrient-rich powerhouse, and provides so much needed fuel for your body.

It can help against type 2 diabetes, the severity of asthma, lower cholesterol, promote cardiovascular health and a whole lot more.

The first step in increasing health should be to take a real look at your food intake – small steps always help, no matter how inconsequential they may seem at the beginning.

On this website we also strongly believe that going vegetarian is key to our future, and if this interests you but you’re not sure how to start then make sure you check out the .

This delicious veggie lentil stew comes with thanks from a great chef, Cristina Parés. Do check her out if you’d like to know more (and can speak Spanish)!

PS. I highly recommend vegetarian lentil stew with tomato chutney!

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Sexy Veggie Lentil Stew

The sexiest lentil stew you have ever eaten. A nutritional powerhouse, this recipe is here to kickstart your year – and your health.
Course Mains
Time 30 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 515kcal
Author Cristina Parés & HurryTheFoodUp



  • 1 tbsp onion chutney (or a drizzle of lemon or vegan yogurt. All are great as garnish!)


  • Put the cumin and cayenne pepper into a large pot and toast it slowly (no oil).
  • In the meantime, dice the garlic and onion.
  • When the cumin begins to smell (after 2 or 3 minutes usually), add the olive oil, garlic and onion. Let it cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the tomato concentrate, the red lentils, rice, the vegetable broth and water.
  • When it begins to boil, add the turmeric, bay leaf and thyme. Cover and let simmer gently for 20-25 minutes. Stir every few minutes. Have a quick taste test to make sure the rice is cooked to your liking. Add the salt, remove well and turn off the heat. Add the paprika and serve.


We highly recommend serving this stew with a good chutney! Alternatively, a drizzle of lemon or a vegan yogurt also go excellently.
If you liked this recipe, then make sure you try out this vegan chilli con carne. It rocks. As does this fitness lentil salad. This tomato chutney too. Yum yum 🙂


Nutrition Facts
Sexy Veggie Lentil Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 515 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 523mg23%
Potassium 616mg18%
Carbohydrates 71g24%
Fiber 16g67%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 771IU15%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. 5 stars
    Wow, 5 stars.. Made this today for lunch as I had all the ingredients (but used coconut oil rather than olive oil). Absolutely delicious and even my hubby had seconds. So easy, so healthy, so quick: a new family favourite. Thank you guys!

    • Cool, thank you, Ros!! Glad it hit the spot, that’s really awesome to hear. I bet the coconut oil was delicious too, nice idea. You’re very welcome, thanks for writing!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve been looking for some tasty new high protein vegan recipes.. this is absolutely delicious.
    I upped the spice volume slightly as I love a strong spice flavour. Also included a pinch is hing when adding the oil/onions/garlic.
    Will make this again

  3. 2 stars
    This is the first recipe I made from this site that I didn’t love. I like all of
    the ingredients, but found the texture kind of odd. I used basmati rice, which is my go to rice and I’m not really sure what the problem was. Maybe it would have been better if I ate it the first day, but I packed it for lunch and didn’t really enjoy it.

    • Oh no! We’re sorry to hear it, but I suppose it had to happen once. Hmm yes, good to know it was on day two. Did you like the flavour, or was it a bit of everything that just didn’t appeal?

  4. It was more the texture that was unappealing to me. The flavors were good, but I didn’t like the texture of the rice in the stew. Maybe I would have liked the rice separate with the stew served over it.

    • Thanks for your helpful feedback, Nancy! Hmmm, the beauty of the recipe is that you cook the rice inside the soup so you need less time and less pots. But it would definitely work separately as well!

  5. This is so lovely, and so easy and quick to make; from the youngest to the oldest it got full marks in our household which is vegan and gluten free. Absolutely delicious.

  6. 5 stars
    Sexy it ain’t, but hearty and delicious? Absolutely!

  7. Hi, I am wondering if you could recommend a substitute for the turmeric. I am allergic. Is it used more for colouring or is it for its flavour? Would omitting it make a huge difference? And you mention rice, does it have to be white rice? I have found with other recipes that brown rice holds up better when cooked in one pot with the rest of the meal, rather than any white rice, which tends to turn to mush. What kind of rice did you use for developing the recipe? Thanks!

    • Hi Michelle! Good question. I think in this recipe you could just skip the turmeric as there are so many other flavours vying for attention. If you happen to have some then you could perhaps try a little chopped ginger. When Kat is testing recipes she almost exclusively uses basmati or jasmine rice and I’m sure that’s the same here. That being said, I’m sure most types of rice would work just fine. I tried a great new rice recently called ‘riceberry’ rice that was dark and just slightly fruity. I have no idea if you can get it where you are, but if you can, I’d deffo give it a shot!

  8. 5 stars
    SO DELICIOUS!! I also added fresh cilantro at the end with the suggestion of lemon juice and it was so good. Thank you for sharing this recipe! 🙂

  9. 4 stars
    This is so delicious! The only thing I would say is I added more vegetable broth than recommended because mine was a bit dry for my taste. Frugal yet tasty!!

    • Thanks for the feedback, Zahwa! I’ll check out the veggie broth amount the next time I make it. Haha yes, you’re right – frugal but tasty!

  10. 4 stars
    This was delicious and easy, what I call comfort food. I would have given 5 stars except that the name is misleading … no, not the sexy bit, it’s the ‘veggie’ and ‘stew’. There’s no veggies – you can’t count the onion because that’s a standard ingredient to most dishes – and mine came out like a soup. A stew is chunky and you eat with a fork. I used a spoon, even though I did add 1.5 cups veggies. Two cups broth and 4-5 cups water seems like a lot of liquid for 1 cup each of lentils and rice? I did love the fact that it was a one pan recipe and it will become a regular for me, I’ll add more veg and use less water next time.

    • Ahh you’ve got us there! I was just looking through the recipe and you’re right. I think we might have originally called it ‘veggie’ meaning ‘vegetarian’ (or throw in two onions 😉 ) but yes, with that water I guess it is more soup-like. I’m glad you enjoyed it anyway!

  11. I will be making this for dinner tonight. It will be my second time making it. I have tried many of your recipes and I am impressed how good everything turns out and how tasty it is. I don’t aspire to be vegan but I rarely cook meat these days. Thank you for your efforts – I really appreciate it.

    • Hey Patricia! So happy you love our recipes! That’s awesome to hear. It’s also great to hear about the low meat intake – we aspire to help people realise there are nutritious and tasty alternatives out there :). Thanks for writing, guten appetit!

  12. Looks like a great recipe, can’t wait to try it! How long would you say it lasts in the fridge?

    • Hey Rahul! Glad you like the look. I’d say it’s probably good for about two days. Rice is always something to be careful with, so it’s best to really reheat it all thoroughly – until it’s steaming hot again. I’d also only drizzle any yogurt on at the very end, too. Hope that helps – enjoy!

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