Easy African StoveTop Lentils and Okra | Lagos Groceries

Another great savory hearty dish that’s good as the main entree or to enhance a main dish!

Makes: approx. 4 cups.


  • 4-4 1/2 cups brown or green lentils
  • 3-5 pieces of okra, sliced -soaked in water and vinegar to reduce sliminess
  • 2 10 oz. cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon butter or ghee
  • 1 ½ tsp turmeric, minced (optional)
  • 1 red onion, grated or julienned
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons parsley, diced
  • 1 bay leaf, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon toasted cumin seeds
  • 2/3 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/3 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/3 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 1/3 tsp chili pepper or cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 8 cups water, beef, or vegetable stock


In a pot warmed over high heat, melt butter and sauté turmeric, onion, and garlic 1-2 minutes.

Stir in parsley, crushed bay leaf, toasted cumin seeds, sweet paprika, smoked paprika, pepper, chili pepper/cayenne pepper, cinnamon and stir fry 30-40 seconds or until room is fragrant and the bottom of the pot is seasoned.

Pour in water or stock, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, let simmer for 35-45 minutes.

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