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Homemade Lentil Barley Stew

“Green chilies and fresh ginger add zip to this thick meatless stew. It can be served as is or with a tablespoon of sour cream on top,” suggests Erin Monroe from Oviedo, Florida.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 50 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce


  • In a large saucepan, saute the carrot, onion, celery and ginger in oil until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add lentils and barley; cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, water, broth and cumin. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add soy sauce; simmer 20-30 minutes longer or until lentils and barley are tender.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 304 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1356mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 15g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • JroseL
    Mar 20, 2020

    I wasn't sure about this recipe as it looked pretty bland. However, as it is such a small recipe, I thought I'd give it a try. What a wonderful surprise! It was absolutely delicious! Didn't miss any meat - very filling and a good option if you're trying to go meatless once in a while. I have made this a number of times since and delightful every time. Thanks!

  • larain
    Feb 4, 2015

    We love it! I'ts spicy and so tasty. We like it with sour cream stirred in. Doubling it is a must for left-overs! My husband is a 'meat-etarian' but enjoys this dish.

  • aburgstede
    Oct 27, 2013

    We love it. But next time I would double it so we have left-overs for lunch the next day! :) Great recipe and the ginger is excellent in it!!

  • Cwaz23
    Feb 27, 2013

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  • jmkasprak
    Jul 19, 2012

    It's so nice to find recipes for 2, so you don't have a ton of leftovers in the frig, but mine turned out very spicy! I used the store brand tomatoes with green chilies, and they certainly weren't mild! Still, it had good flavor. I just read cookswife81's review, and I'm definitely going to squeeze some lime juice on the leftover bowl.

  • chef of food
    Aug 6, 2011

    This was so good!

  • rshrdh1
    Apr 4, 2011

    Super! will make again and again.

  • doxie9
    Mar 7, 2011

    This is my kind of food. I did not have cumin on hand, so i used chili powder. I will make it again, my husband loved it

  • cookswife81
    Apr 5, 2009

    Very delicious; however the sodium is a bit extreme, the use of low-sodium soy sauce is a moot point when your using other ingredients that aren't low sodium. I might suggest, low sodium ingredients where possible and splash in lime juice to taste. I made this recipe as stated but also splashed on lime juice to taste in individual servings.

  • vrg67
    Nov 23, 2008

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