Caribbean Style Lentil Stew with Dumplings

Caribbean Style Lentil Stew with Dumplings

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Caribbean Style Lentil Stew with Dumplings

A warm, savory, vegan lentil stew that fills you up without leaving you bloated. It's especially good on cold winter days.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 10
Calories 212 kcal


  • 2 cups lentils you can presoak or not depending on the brand
  • 8 cups chicken stock, unsalted
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 medium bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks scallion, chopped
  • 1 small shallot, sliced
  • 1 small scotch bonnet pepper, deseeded and diced can substitute with habanero pepper
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil can use any cooking oil
  • 1 dash black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped

Dumplings Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Add avocado oil to a deep pot over medium heat.
  • Add onion to oil and saute until translucent.
  • Add, bell pepper, garlic, shallot, scotch bonnet pepper, scallions, and thyme to the pot and stir saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add diced tomatoes, diced carrots and spices to the pot. Stir well.
  • Add prepared lentils to the pot and stir to incorporate all the ingredients.
  • Add chicken stock to the pot and stir. Let simmer over low-medium heat for 45 minutes.
  • After 45 minutes, add prepared dumplings to the pot and cook for 15 to 20 more minutes.
  • Stir in chopped cilantro to the stew 5 minutes before turning off the heat.

To Make Dumplings

  • Mix flour and salt in a bowl.
  • Add enough water to the flour to make a soft dough. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Pinch off pieces of dough and roll between palms to form small, round dumplings.
  • Drop dumplings into the lentil stew and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until they're fully cooked.
Keyword stew, vegan, vegetarian

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