Hearty Spinach Lentil Stew Recipe


This hearty spinach lentil stew recipe is a cross between Indian-Lebanese style lentil soups and stews. This fall weather has me craving something hot, healthy, and soupy! The funny thing is that I didn’t have yellow lentils and only had brown lentils so I wanted to experiment with Lebanese flavors while adding some spinach and Indian spices to it as well. Read below for my hearty spinach lentil stew recipe!

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Hearty Spinach Lentil Stew Recipe

A tasty and hearty vegan spinach lentil stew for a chilly fall or winter night! Filled with plenty of nutrition too!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
Course: dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, lebanese, Middle Eastern
Keyword: lentil soup, lentil stew, spinach lentil stew
Servings: 4 people
Author: ChiVeg


  • 1 lb lentils (brown (masoor) or yellow work)
  • 1 golden onion (diced)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 8 oz spinach (chopped)
  • 6 cups veggie broth
  • 1 lemon (squeezed)


  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp Hungarian paprika
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt/pepper (to taste)


  • Extra virgin olive oil (drizzle on top)
  • 1 bunch cilantro (loosely chopped)


  • Soak lentils for at least 1 hour. If you are not using a pressure cooker, then soak the lentils overnight.
  •  Pressure cook the lentils in the veggie broth for 20-30 minutes.
  • Chop veggies and in a medium pan, heat up olive oil, then add onion and sauté for 4 minutes on medium heat. Then add garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  • Season onion-garlic mixture with spices and sauté for about 1 more minute.
  • When your lentils are ready, add your onion-garlic mixture to the pot with lentils, stir, add the rest of the spices and simmer for a few minutes on low heat. Mash about half of the lentils to get a thicker texture.
  • Then stir in the spinach and drizzle with the juice from half a lemon on low heat for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Drizzle with more lemon juice, salt/pepper/red pepper flakes at the very end with cilantro and portion out the servings in a bowl. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil on top.


  • Want more of a soupy texture? Add more veggie broth, but then also add more spices to maintain the flavor.
  • Want a thicker texture? Mash more of your lentils.
  • For more acidity, add more lemon.
  • For more spice, add more paprika and red pepper flakes.
  • Throw in some other veggies too – kale, eggplant, etc. – the world is your oyster!
Hearty spinach lentil stew is ready!
Hearty spinach lentil stew is ready!
Drizzled with evoo, cilantro, and more lemon juice.
Drizzled with evoo, cilantro, and more lemon juice.

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