How to make it

  • Cook the onion and garlic gently in the oil until the onion is transparent. Add the lentils and coat them all with oil Stir in the bay leaves, the vegetables (include potatoes but not rice), and the tomatoes, and 2 1/2 cups boiling water.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Turn down the heat, cover the pot and cook the stew, stirring from time to time, for 30 minutes, or until the lentils and potatoes are soft but not mushy.
  • Add more water during cooking if the mixture looks too dry.
  • Stir in the rice (if using instead of potatoes) an season the stew with plenty of salt and pepper.
  • Let simmer for 10 or 15 minutes more and taste again for seasoning.
  • Remove bay leaves and serve.

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