Lentil bowl with baby marrow and peppers

Lentils are a great source of protein for a vegetarian meal and are equally delicious as a side dish. The pan-fried veggies are seasoned with herbs and a bit of cumin, both perfect flavours with lentils.

Ready in

1 hour 15 mins

Serving size

Serves 3 – 4 as a meal or 6 as a side dish


  • 1 cup (250 ml) uncooked brown lentils
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp (2,5 ml) salt
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive or canola oil
  • 1 onion, halved and cut into wedges
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) ground cumin
  • 3 baby marrows, cut into thick diagonal slices
  • 1 red or green pepper, seeded, quartered and sliced
  • finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) chopped fresh coriander or parsley
  • black pepper to taste
  • extra lemon rind and herbs
  • 1 avocado, sliced (when in season) or dollops of plain low-fat yoghurt


  1. Place lentils and bay leaf with 2½ cups (625 ml) water in a pot. Bring to the boil over a medium heat.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer with a lid for 25-30 minutes or until cooked, but not too soft. Drain well and season with salt.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil over a medium heat in a large frying pan. Fry onion for a few minutes. Add garlic and cumin and fry until the onion is soft and slightly caramelised. Spoon out.
  4. Fry baby marrows for a few minutes in the same pan until lightly browned, but not mushy. Add red or green pepper and fry until cooked, but still crunchy. Stir onion back into the pan.
  5. Season veggies with half of the lemon rind, juice and herbs and black pepper.
  6. Stir the remaining lemon rind, juice, herbs and black pepper into the lentils.
  7. Spoon lentils into bowls and top with veggies. Serve warm or at room temperature with extra lemon rind, herbs and avocado or yoghurt, if preferred.


  1. Season the oil with the garlic, cumin and some of the lemon rind, juice and herbs. Skewer the veggies and brush with the oil mixture. Braai over medium coals and serve on the lentils, prepared as above.

This recipe is from Cooking from the heart, 4th edition: Braai

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Lentil bowl with baby marrow and peppers

This lentil bowl is so wholesome and so easy to prepare.

Lentil bowl with baby marrow and peppers
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