Vegetarian Meals

Lentils and Veg in Peanut Sauce

I have made this dish a number of times and finally managed to write down my version. I based my recipe on this one, but doubled it, simplified it, and removed the spiciness (grownups can easily add it back in later).

This recipe is great for using whatever leftover veg you have hanging around your fridge. It could be made even easier if you purchase the pre-cut veg from the store as the chopping is the most time consuming bit! (But I enjoy a bit of chopping, so happy to do it myself.)

Lentils and Veg in Peanut Sauce

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  • lentils and rice:
  • 1 cup split red lentils (uncooked)
  • 1 cup rice (uncooked)
  • sauce:
  • 2 spoonfuls of peanut butter (approximately 80 grams)
  • 4 inch piece of fresh ginger, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • juice from half of a small lime
  • 4 tablespoons chopped coriander (cilantro)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (to start)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or honey
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • veg:
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, chopped into half moons
  • 1 courgette (zuchinni) or multiple baby courgettes, chopped into half moons
  • (or similar amount of any other veg you prefer)
  • garnish: fresh basil and sriracha



Begin to cook your lentils and rice on the hob. (Or go easy on yourself and use the pre-cooked versions)


Blend together all of the ingredients for the sauce in a food processor or blender until smooth. Taste and add more salt if desired.


In a large pan, saute the onion in the vegetable oil until translucent before adding the rest of the veg. Cook until desired firmness.


Add cooked lentils and sauce to the veg and let simmer for a few minutes.


Serve with rice and garnish with fresh basil and sriracha sauce

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    April 26, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Looks delicious! I make something similar with curry or masala sauce. The girls love it. I’ll try your peanut sauce version soon! Hugs <3

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    April 26, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    One question – cloves of olives – do you add olives to this sauce? If so green of black olives?

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      April 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      Oh goodness! That was meant to read “cloves of garlic”! I’ve just changed it. Thanks for catching that! xx

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    April 26, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Thanks! It looks delicious – can’t wait to make it!

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    September 12, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    I’ve had my eye on this recipe for a while (Coeliac friendly, check. Full of goodness, check. Vegan friendly, check. Simple to make, check!!) and FINALLY got round to making it for my husband and i tonight. Yum! Will definitely be making this again for the whole family-hoping my 3 girls will love it too!

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