Organic September recipe: squash and lentil coconut stew

September 18, 2015 8:57 am Published by Leave your thoughts

To give a boost to the Soil Association’s organic September campaign, we’re promoting one of their most Autumnal recipes! This one is great for colour, flavour and for your budget: they’ve costed it at less than £1 a portion, using organic ingredients. Perhaps something to cook for friends and family who think organic has to mean expensive?

The recipe is courtesy of Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley, who have a consulting and cookery business, Hemsley + Hemsley. They cook foods free from grain, gluten, high starch and refined sugar, but most importantly, which are nutrient-rich and delicious. This one is made in one pot, perfectly simply, and can be frozen. The quantities below are designed to feed 12, so adjust depending on need.


2 medium organic butternut squashes
350g organic red split lentils
1 bar Biona organic creamed coconut
6 medium organic onions
Organic baby spinach
7 cloves organic garlic
150g fresh coriander
2 small limes or 1 and a half large lemons
2.2-2.5 litres organic stock or water
6 inches fresh ginger, grated or finely chopped
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
½ tsp cayenne or chilli flakes


Peel the squash and dice into 1 inch chunks.

Place the garlic, onion, ginger and squash into the pan with the creamed coconut and pour over 2.2 litres of water or homemade stock.

Put the lid on and bring to a medium simmer.

Ten minutes later, add the red lentils, chilli or black pepper if using, stir and let simmer on medium for a further 15-20 minutes, until the lentils are soft and the squash is tender. You might wish to add the extra 200ml of water during cooking – it depends if you like your stew thicker or thinner.

In the last few minutes, add the sliced cabbage/greens and stir through. If using spinach, just add when you turn off the heat, so it wilts.

Turn off the heat, add the sea salt and pepper, the juice of the lime or lemon and check for seasoning and consistency – it should be like a thick stew – add more water if needs be.

Stir through the roughly chopped coriander and ladle into shallow bowls to serve.

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