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Moroccan Lentils Recipe - Vegetarian

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Moroccan Stewed Lentils

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Moroccan stewed lentils are very flavorful and can be served as a side dish or entrée. This recipe is the vegetarian version. Also see the Khlea and Lentils and Lentils with Beef or Lamb recipes.

Lentils purchased in American supermarkets tend to cook faster than Moroccan or Middle Eastern lentils, so adjust the cooking time if necessary. Whatever lentils you use, be sure to pick through them to remove any debris or small stones. Wash them thoroughly before cooking.

The cooking time below is for a pressure cooker. If simmering the lentils in a pot, allow for double the time.

Serves four as an entrée.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 2 cups lentils
  • 2 or 3 tomatoes, grated
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or pressed
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons paprika (some hot, if desired)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


Mix all ingredients in a pressure cooker or pot. Add 2 liters (about 2 quarts) of water, and bring to a simmer.

Pressure cooker method. Cover, and cook on pressure over medium heat for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. If the lentils are still submerged in sauce, reduce the liquids so that the sauce is ample, but not watery. Adjust the seasoning if desired, and serve.

Pot method. Cover, and simmer the lentils over medium heat about 1 1/2 hours, or until the lentils are tender and the sauce is not watery. (If the liquids reduce too much during cooking, add a little water to prevent the lentils from burning.) Adjust the seasoning if desired, and serve.

Scoop up the lentils with crusty bread, or eat them with a spoon.

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 4 out of 5
, Member BigAppetite

I added a splash of olive oil and about 3 tsp of salt to complete the authentic moroccan taste :) All other meassurements were spot on! Finally a 'real' recipe on this dish - not just ""a little this, a little that"" ;)

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