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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Vegetable and Lentil Stew with Herb Dumplings

We are off to Denmark next week to spend Christmas with a friend and his family. But before we leave I thought I'd post this yummy winter stew.

My picture does not do this dish the justice it deserves. It's a really delicious, filling dish that's great for cold winter nights. It's based on the recipe for Mushroom Stew with Herb Dumplings in vegan.

I hope you all have a great Christmas and and I'll see you all in the New Year!

Vegetable and Lentil Stew with Herb Dumplings

1 potato, chopped
25 g shiitake mushrooms, halved
125g oyster mushrooms, sliced
600ml (1 pint) vegetable stock
200ml of water
125g puy lentils (dried)*
1 red onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
125g frozen peas
1 red pepper/capsicum, deseeded and chopped
125g cabbage, chopped
2 heaped tsp cornflour
2 tsp vegan bouillon powder**
2 tsp cocoa
1 tablespoon of molasses***
1 tsp vegemite****
2 tbsp tomato sauce
125ml sherry


1 3/4 cup self-raising flour
1 tsp vegan bouillon powder**
1 tsp chopped sage
1 tsp chopped thyme
1 tsp chopped parsley
3 tbsp oil
1/2 cup soya milk

Place the potato, shiitake mushrooms and lentils into large saucepan with stock and water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Mix all dumpling ingredients together in bowl. Make 12 balls (this is easier to do between 2 spoons or with 1 spoon and a hand. Two hands get rather sticky).

Add remaining vegetables to stew.

Mix the remaining stew ingredients into a small bowl. Then gradually add this to the stew. Stir constantly until stew thickens.

Sit dumplings on the stew and replace lid. Simmer for another 20 minutes until dumplings are cooked.

* We can never get dried puy lentils so use the canned ones. If you use the canned ones then don't put them in until the end just before you put the dumplings in. Alternatively, you can use red lentils or green lentils (the green ones will need pre-soaking, though, and may take longer to cook).
** If you can't get this, don't worry too much. We actually use this as the vegetable stock so just add a bit extra to make this. You could use dried vegie stock.
*** I use golden syrup instead of molasses. It's not really the same but it does the trick. 
****  Or whatever yeast extract you use.

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