Coconut Curry Lentil Stew by Chef Za

May 08, 2023

"Growing up, my mom always made lentils especially when it started getting cold outside. Warm, spicy, and amazing for protein, a bowl of lentils always reminds me of fall! From my kitchen to yours…enjoy!"

— Written by Nzali Scales of Zaza’s Kitchen 


  • 2 c lentils

  • ½ c red onion

  • ⅓ c sweet bell pepper

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tbsp, 1 tsp ginger, grated

  • 1 sweet potato, cubed

  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced

  • 4 sprigs thyme

  • ⅛ tsp Berbere

  • ¼ tsp Garam Masala

  • 1 tsp Savor Spice African Yellow Curry

  • Olive oil

  • Himalayan pink salt

  • 1.5 c full fat coconut milk

  • 2 c vegetable or chicken broth


1. Soak Lentils - Place lentils in a bowl then fill bowl with water. Soak for 30 minutes.

2. Saute Aromatics - Place pot on medium heat. Once the pot is heated, coat with olive oil. When oil is hot, add seasonings. Toast seasonings for 1 minute, then add ginger, garlic, bell pepper, and onions. Saute until translucent.

3. Add Remaining Ingredients - Next, add broth and sweet potatoes. Cover the pot and cook for 5 minutes. After, add coconut milk, lentils, carrots, and thyme.

4. Cook - Lower heat to medium-low and cook for 35 minutes, taste and adjust as necessary.

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