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Curried red lentil chickpea stew

Curried red lentil chickpea stew

Total Time
50 min
25 min
25 min
Perfect for batch cooking and freezing, this vegan stew is a wholesome meal option that's both convenient and nutritious. Packed with aromatic spices, tender lentils, hearty chickpeas, and nutrient-rich spinach, it's a hearty dish that's sure to satisfy. For an added burst of flavour, opt for canned diced tomatoes with seasoned herbs. Whether you're cooking for a crowd or meal prepping for the week ahead, this easy-to-follow recipe is a winner every time.


Olive oil

1 tsp

Brown onion

1 medium, finely chopped


2 clove(s), crushed

Fresh ginger

1 tbs, finely grated

Ground coriander

1 tsp

Ground cumin

1 tsp

Curry powder

2 tsp

Mustard seeds

½ tsp, brown variety

Vegetable stock cube

1 individual, gluten-free variety, (to make 1L (4 cups) of vegetable stock)

Dry red lentils

2 cup(s), rinsed and drained, (400g)

Canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 400g can, (2 cups)

Canned diced tomatoes

1 400g can

Baby spinach

3 cup(s), (60g)

Lime juice

2 tbs

Fresh coriander

2 tbs, leaves


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add garlic, ginger, spices and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  2. Stir in stock, lentils and 2 cups (500 ml) water and bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until lentils are tender. Add chickpeas, tomatoes, spinach and lime juice and cook, stirring, for 4–5 minutes, until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with coriander.


TO REFRIGERATE: Store stew in a large reusable container or transfer individual portions to separate reusable containers and keep for up to 5 days. To reheat, simmer gently in a saucepan or microwave individual portions until hot, adding a little extra water if the stew is too thick. TO FREEZE: Store stew as above for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature. Reheat as above.