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Moroccan Lamb Lentil Stew


This lamb lentil stew is flavored with Moroccan spices and beefed up with chickpeas. Serve with fresh cilantro and a dollop of yogurt for a hearty and comforting winter meal.

*This Moroccan Lamb Lentil Stew recipe is sponsored by USA Pulses & Pulse Canada, a 2017 partner of Running to the Kitchen.
This lamb lentil stew is flavored with Moroccan spices and beefed up with chickpeas. Serve with fresh cilantro and a dollop of yogurt for a hearty and comforting winter meal.

There are things about my husband that had I known before we were married (and I don’t know how I didn’t because we dated 7 years before that happened) I’m not quite sure I would’ve gone through with the whole thing.

Things like the fact he doesn’t like 99% of chocolate desserts (yet loves this chocolate lamb chili – whaa??), or that he’s got a serious case of germophobia and eats things like french fries and pizza with a fork (so awkward when we’re in public).

The list of these little quirks goes on and on but this time of year, the one I have the most issue with by far is his hatred of stew.

Umm, why? Just why?

Stew is awesome.

It’s almost always a one-pot meal. The base ingredients are things I always have in my pantry. It’s comforting, hearty and the possibilities and flavor profiles are practically endless.

More stew recipes –> turmeric lentil stew, chocolate red wine beef stew stuffed potatoes, slow cooker lamb stew & Instant Pot beef and mushroom stew

My mom made two types of stew when we were growing up: beef stew (big carrots, chunks of potatoes, you know the kind) and veal stew.

Cozy and comforting with flavorful Moroccan spices, this lamb lentil stew is a great winter meal for a cold day.

Pretty sure they were both from her Joy of Cooking cookbook and she never deviated.

So, on one hand I can sort of understand his weird aversion because I tend to stay away from both of those types as an adult after a few too many of those meals as a kid but for him to throw the word “hate” on the whole category of stew just isn’t fair.

For example, this Moroccan lamb lentil stew.

This is not the stew your mom made.

It’s every bit as hearty and comforting but the flavors, ingredients and even the sides (did your mom serve stew with pita bread? I’m gonna guess that’s a no) are totally different.

Totally better.

Lamb, lentils and chickpeas combine in this Moroccan inspired stew for a cozy one-pot meal perfect for wintertime.

Moroccan spices permeate each bite.

A wonderfully subtle earthiness from the lamb meat is complemented with lentils and chickpeas.

It’s as if the traditional meat-lovers stew partied with staple vegetarian ingredients to create this perfectly balanced in-between meal.

Lentils and chickpeas are both a variety of pulses – the dry edible seeds of plants in the legume family and these superfoods help bulk up the meal and bring an added boost of protein and fiber with very low fat.

Mung beans are also in the pulse family and if you wanted to swap the lentils out for split mung beans, that’d work really well.

Or, check out my mung bean soup recipe for another way to use them.

The garnish of fresh cilantro and yogurt brings a pop of freshness to the savory elements of each bite of this Moroccan stew.

Instead of rice (like my mom always served with stew), lightly toasted pita bread with some good sea salt is my recommendation to serve alongside.

Serve this Moroccan lamb lentil stew with lots of fresh cilantro and a dollop of yogurt to complement the warming pungent spices.

As we approach the New Year and all the healthy eating buzz that comes with it, you can bet I’ll be picking a bowl of this Moroccan lamb lentil stew over a salad.

It’s January, who wants to eat cold food any way?

More cozy recipes like this include my Instant Pot venison roast and Instant Pot bolognese – give them a try!

Love this recipe for Moroccan Lamb Lentil Stew?

Try these other lentil recipes too:
Lentil Vegetable Soup
Lentil Bolognese
Red Curry Vegetable Lentils
Vegan Picadillo

This lamb lentil stew is flavored with Moroccan spices and beefed up with chickpeas. Serve with fresh cilantro and a dollop of yogurt for a hearty and comforting winter meal.

Moroccan Lamb Lentil Stew

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

This lamb lentil stew is flavored with Moroccan spices and beefed up with chickpeas. Serve with fresh cilantro and a dollop of yogurt for a hearty and comforting winter meal.


  • 1 pound lamb shoulder, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, loosely packed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry brown lentils, rinsed
  • 14 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed


  1. Place large Dutch oven or sauce pot over medium heat.
  2. Once hot, add olive oil and lamb. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook until browned on all sides, transfer to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add the onion and garlic to the pot. Cook until softened, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the lamb back to the pot along with the tomato paste, bay leaf, paprika, cumin and cloves. Stir to combine and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the beef broth, diced tomatoes and cilantro to the pot. Bring to a simmer, stir then reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 45 minutes.
  6. Add lentil and chickpeas to the pot, stir to combine, cover again and cook another 20 minutes.
  7. Remove lid from the pot, cook an additional 20-25 minutes until stew is reduced and thickened. 
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with more chopped cilantro, a dollop of yogurt and pita bread.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 1362mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 12gSugar: 10gProtein: 37g

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gabrielle dingle

Thursday 19th of March 2020

Tastes great, but put my lentils in too soon. Mushy! Next time I know better!

gabrielle dingle

Monday 16th of March 2020

What do i change if I use ground lamb?

Running to the Kitchen

Monday 16th of March 2020

Hardly anything! Follow directions as written except where you're browning the lamb, just make sure to break it up as you would with any ground meat into crumbles. You can leave it in the pot the whole time too instead of removing and then re-adding. I would probably cook it a little less too. Instead of 45 minutes simmering time, maybe half that or even a bit less since you don't have the tougher cut of shoulder to tenderize.


Monday 19th of August 2019

wonderful. here came to find out whether any recipe which is similar to bengali hotchpotch exists in central asia as i am a food critic. helped me a lot. thank u.


Monday 1st of April 2019

This recipe is to die for. I had to make a few changes because of what I had on hand, but my changes are subtle, so I know the original is just as outstanding. I substituted allspice 1:1 for the ground cloves, added 1 teaspoon ground coriander (because I was slow cooking and didn't want to add fresh cilantro to cook all day) and I also used beef versus lamb because it honestly, was too expensive, lol. I went with the slow cooker method mentioned before, mixed with a pressure cooker method: used 2 cups of broth versus 3, cooked on low (slow cook setting on my pressure cooker) for 6 hours. After adding the beans and lentils, I set my cooker to high pressure, 12 minutes, quick release. They came out perfect. (If you want to use the pressure cooker for both cooking times, the first cook time would be high pressure for 30 minutes with a 15 minute natural release, add lentils and beans, then high pressure again for additional 12 minutes, quick release).

Running to the Kitchen

Monday 1st of April 2019

So glad you liked it and thank you so much for the thorough review! :)


Monday 12th of March 2018

How much Tumeric would you use?

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