Moroccan Pumpkin Stew

Moroccan Pumpkin Stew


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A very hearty and filling stew featuring pumpkin, lentils and chickpeas in Moroccan spices. It keeps well for weeknight dinners.


Serves: 8 

  • 1 cup (185g) French green lentils
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 whole garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons (60ml) olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon crushed hot chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1 red capsicum, diced
  • 1 yellow capsicum, diced
  • 1 butternut pumpkin - peeled, seeded, and cut into 2cm cubes
  • 1/2 (410g) tin crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (400g) tin chick peas, drained
  • 4 cups (1 litre) vegetable stock
  • 1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup plain yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

  1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the lentils, bay leaves and whole garlic cloves. Return to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer lentils until they are cooked but still firm, about 10 minutes. Drain well. Place lentils in a bowl; toss with olive oil, thyme and 1 tablespoon chopped garlic. Remove bay leaves and whole garlic cloves; set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in chilli flakes, cinnamon, cumin and coriander and cook until fragrant. Add garlic, onion, celery, zucchini, red and yellow capsicum and pumpkin; cook 3 or 4 minutes.
  3. Mix in the lentils, tomatoes, chick peas and vegetable stock. Raise heat to medium-high until stew just begins to boil; reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer until pumpkin is tender, about 20 minutes, stirring once or twice. Add the chopped parsley. Ladle into serving bowls and garnish with a dollop of yoghurt, some chopped mint and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

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Reviews (2)


Really tasty and easy. I only added a little chilli and my toddlers loved it too. I served this stew over couscous which soaked up all the great sauce. I'll definitely make this again. - 03 May 2010


Used different ingredients. I used tin lentils (rinsed and drained) and added them only for the last 20 minutes (so they wouldn't go mushy. I added the garlic, bay leaves and thyme that were to go with the lentils into the pot with the vegies. - 03 May 2010

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