Lentil Stew with Fried Mint Sauce

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February 18, 2018

Lentil Stew with Fried Mint Sauce in bowl"Adasi" is a Persian lentil stew that is very hearty and comforting. It contains lentils and cinnamon, both which are proven to stabilize blood sugar. I like to make a huge batch of this because it keeps well and is traditionally eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It also makes a fantastic dip. Here is my recipe for this lentil stew, along with my favourite topping for it, fried mint sauce. The mint sauce is not necessary for the Adasi, but you will want to try it at least once, believe me!


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 cup dried green lentils, soaked and strained
  • 4 cups stock (vegetable or chicken)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Fried Mint Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp dried mint


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in a pot over medium low heat.
  2. butter and oil in pan
  3. Add the onions to the pot and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often, until very soft. Add the turmeric and cook for a minute.
  4. onions and tumeric added to pan

  5. Add the soaked lentils to the pot.
  6. soaked lentils added to pan
  7. Pour in the stock and raise heat to high.
  8. broth added to Lentils
  9. Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring here and there to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom. Add water if it gets too thick. When it has the consistency of oatmeal, add the cinnamon, salt and pepper to it and stir.
  10. covering Lentil Stew
  11. To make the fried mint sauce, add 2 tablespoons of oil, 2 cloves of minced garlic, and 2 tablespoons of dried mint to a small frying pan over medium heat.
  12. making Fried Mint & garlic sauce in pan

  13. Stir frequently and remove from heat when garlic starts sizzling, before it turns brown, about 1 minute.
  14. making Fried Mint Sauce in pan in bowl
  15. Drizzle the mint sauce over the lentils and serve.
  16. Lentil Stew with Fried Mint Sauce
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February 26, 20180 found this helpful

Sounds amazing! I can't imagine combining some of those flavours but am certainly going to give this recipe a try. Thanks for posting, Toosa!

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February 27, 20180 found this helpful

You're welcome, Rose Anne! I always love your ideas for adjustments/substitutes so if you try this, let me know how it works out for you! :)

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February 27, 20180 found this helpful

I doubled the cinnamon and turmeric...oh, my was out of this world!

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March 13, 20180 found this helpful

Spectacular!!!!!!!!!! So happy you tried it!

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