Curried Lentils with Winter Squash | Cary Downtown Farmers Market

Curried Lentils with Winter Squash

Curried Lentils with Winter Squash

Curried Lentils with Winter Squash

By Mitch Samples


2 Tbs Olive Oil

1 medium Onion, diced

1 clove garlic

2 Tbs Brown Sugar

2 Tbs Vinegar of choice

2 stalks of Celery, diced

1 small winter squash, cubed

2 Carrots, diced

1 ½ C Lentils

2 Tbs Garam Masala

4 C Water or Chicken Stock

Salt and Pepper to taste



  • Preheat pan on stove to high heat.
  • Add diced onions to dry hot pan and sauté until they begin to brown.
  • Add half the oil and all the sugar to the onions and caramelize them.
  • Add vinegar and reduce until nearly dry.
  • Add the remaining oil, celery, carrots and squash and sauté for a few minutes.
  • Add the lentils and the Garam Masala, and stir well and cook for a few minutes longer
  • Add the water or stock, bring to a simmer and cook for ½ hour to 1 hour until lentils are soft
  • Season with Salt and Pepper.



  • It can be nice to finish this with a little sour or heavy cream.
  • Add spinach or greens to brighten it up.
  • You can buy the garam masala at the grocer or make your own. See below.


Simple Garam Masala Recipe:


2 tsp turmeric

2 tsp cumin

1 ½ tsp cardamom

1 tsp cinnamon

1 pc star anise or 1 tsp fennel

1 bay leaf

1 tsp black pepper

½ tsp clove

½ tsp nutmeg



  • If spices are already ground just mix them all together, otherwise place all ingredients in a spice mixer or small food processor and blend until powered.



This is a very individual blend so mix, match, add and subtract as you see fit. 

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