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Spicy Red Lentil and Chickpea Stew

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

The humble look of this stew belies its complex flavor: a mix of spicy heat and earthy legumes, topped with a cooling, creamy lemon-flecked yogurt.


  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 15.5-oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley or sliced chives, for garnish

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 490
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 120
  • Fat (g): 14
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6
  • Cholesterol (mg): 5
  • Sodium (mg): 840
  • Carbohydrates (g): 70
  • Fiber (g): 14
  • Sugar (g): 9
  • Protein (g): 24


  • Heat the oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the cumin and pepper flakes and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the onion and garlic, and cook, stirring often, until starting to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the chickpeas and lentils, and stir to coat. Add the broth, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until the lentils are tender and falling apart, 10 to 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Meanwhile, combine the yogurt and lemon zest and juice in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve the stew topped with a dollop of the yogurt and garnished with the parsley or chives.


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Reviews (7 reviews)

  • C_Arnold | 03/23/2019

    This is a staple in our home! I make it all the time. I love how quickly it comes together and how all the ingredients are from the pantry. It always turns out flavorful and satisfying!

  • DawnieBoy | 01/28/2019

    I thought this was delicious, particularly given the simple ingredients, ease of preparation and short cooking time. The lemon yogurt sauce and chive garnish put it over the top. Will definitely make again.

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    KatefromOttawa | 01/19/2019

    Hugely disappointing. I should have read the reviews first. Red lentils and chickpeas together in a dish is unusual but I wanted to try it out anyway. The spicing is simplistic and does not have the rich characteristics I expect in a spicy vegetarian stew. The photo in the recipe is deceptive as my creation looks like mush.

  • grlup | 01/13/2019

    This was OK. I like spicy food but the addition of 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes seemed like a bit too much. I used 1/4 tsp instead and the heat came through just fine. Honestly, this is so bland looking. The addition of parsley or chives along with the yogurt helps with visual appeal but I also added sliced/diced carrots to the onions in the early prep step.

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