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Vegan Miso Lentil Stew

I often make this vegan miso lentil stew but got some hints from Middle Eastern lentil stew with lemon and mint leaves. I squeezed 1/2 lemon when I added miso paste. I also discovered that the burdock roots (gobo) are tasty with miso and lemon. You don't need to add the burdock if you cannot find it.

Burdock Roots (Gobo)

Vegan Miso Lentil Stew

<Servings 4>


2 tbsp olive oil

1 large garlic clove, chopped

1 medium onion, diced

1/2 carrot, diced

1 burdock root, cut into 2-inch pieces

1 cup lentils, rinsed, picked over

6 cups water or vegetable or seaweed broth

¼ cup (about 60g) miso, dissolved in the soup using a ladle

1/2 lemon, squeezed

salt and pepper


1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add garlic and onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the onion becomes golden brown.

2. Add carrot and burdock roots to the pan along with the lentils and continue to saute.

3. Briefly stir the ingredients to combine for 5 minutes.

4. Add water (or broth) and place a lid on the pan. Turn the heat up to medium to high and bring the stew up to a boil. Once the stew reaches a boil, turn the heat to low and cook for 20 minutes.

5. Turn off the heat and dissolve miso in a ladle with the soup. Once all the miso is dissolved, add lemon juice and turn the heat back on. When the miso soup reaches boiling, turn off the heat.

6. Serve with chapati, baguette, or rice.

Whole Wheat Chapati

<4-6 servings>


1 cup whole wheat flour

a pinch of salt

3/4 cup water


1. Combine whole wheat flour and salt in a bowl.

2. Add water until the dough is easy to handle.

3. Sprinkle a little flour onto a flat surface, divide the dough into six pieces, and roll each into a ball. Roll it out into a thin round using a rolling pin.

4. Heat a shallow frying pan or a griddle over medium-high heat. Cook each dough round on the griddle for 1 minute until dough bubbles and blisters appear. Turn it over and cook the other side until lightly browned.

Posted on June 12, 2019

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