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Prairie Red Lentil Stew and Dumplings

Recipe by: Hayden

Did you know that Canada produces 65% of the world’s lentils, and Saskatchewan grows most of these? This vegetarian stew highlights the red lentils grown here as well as local fresh vegetables.

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 4


  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic,  minced
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) ground cumin
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) each ground coriander and turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) paprika
  • 1 cup (250 mL) dried red lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) diced sweet potato or yam
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) tomato paste
  • 4 cups (1 L) vegetable broth
  • 1 1/4 cups (310 mL) frozen diced carrots, peas and corn
  • 1 cup (250 mL) all purpose flour
  • 4 tsp (20 mL) baking powder
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) paprika


  1. In a soup pot, heat oil over medium heat and saute onion and garlic for 3 minutes or until softened. Stir in cumin, coriander, turmeric and paprika; cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  2. Add lentils, sweet potato, 3 tbsp (45 mL) of the tomato paste and stir to coat. Pour in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Add carrots, peas, corn and remaining tomato paste, without stirring. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Dumplings: Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Using fingers or a pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture until small pieces. Stir in milk, cinnamon and paprika until soft dough forms.
  4. Stir stew and drop dumpling batter by spoonfuls into stew. Cover and cook for about 8 minutes or until dumplings puff up and are no longer doughy underneath.
  5. Tip: You can substitute fresh diced carrots, peas and corn for the frozen mixed version.
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