Slow-Cooked Lentil Stew
This vegetarian stew is perfect when you want to take a break from meat. Adding the cream at the end gives it a smoother texture.—Michelle Collins, Suffolk Virginia
Total TimePrep: 45 min. Cook: 6 hours
Makes8 servings (2-3/4 quarts)
- 2 large onions, thinly sliced, divided
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh gingerroot
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 8 plum tomatoes, chopped
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups dried lentils, rinsed
- 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 6 cups hot cooked basmati or jasmine rice
- Optional: Sliced green onions or minced fresh cilantro
- In a large skillet, saute half of the onions in oil until tender. Add ginger and garlic; saute for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, coriander, cumin and cayenne; cook and stir 5 minutes longer.
- In a 4-or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the vegetable broth, water, lentils, green chiles, tomato mixture and remaining onion. Cover and cook on low until lentils are tender, 6-8 hours.
- Just before serving, stir cream into slow cooker. In a small skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add cumin seeds; cook and stir until golden brown, for 1-2 minutes. Add to lentil mixture.
- To serve, spoon over rice. If desired, sprinkle with green onions or cilantro.