Five-Vegetable Stir-Fry with Lentils


A dinner of Brussels sprouts, turnips, carrots, and lentils may sound more like a punishment than a treat, but believe us—the combination is delicious. In fact, the general effect is actually rather delicate.Plus: More Vegetable Recipes and Tips

Five-Vegetable Stir-Fry with Lentils
Photo: © Danielle Tsi


  • 1/2 cup lentils

  • 3 1/3 cups water

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

  • 4 scallions including green tops, chopped

  • 2 turnips, peeled, quartered, and sliced thin

  • 3 carrots, sliced thin

  • 3 tablespoons white-wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 3/4 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and sliced

  • 1 10-ounce package frozen cut green beans


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the lentils, 2 cups of the water, and 3/4 teaspoon of the salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer, partially covered, until the lentils are just tender but not falling apart, 25 to 30 minutes. Drain if necessary, cover, and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick frying pan or a wok, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderately high heat. Add half of the ginger and scallions and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the turnips and carrots and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of the water, 3/4 teaspoon of the salt, and the vinegar. Boil until the vegetables are tender and no liquid remains in the pan, about 10 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a large bowl.

  3. In the same pan, melt the butter with the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil over moderately high heat. Add the remaining ginger and scallions and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the Brussels sprouts and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the green beans and the remaining 1/3 cup of water and 1 teaspoon salt. Reduce the heat and simmer until the vegetables are just tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the carrot mixture and the drained lentils and toss gently to combine.

Suggested Pairing

Here's a tip: When confronted with a wine list full of unknowns, look for an Alsace Pinot Blanc. It will go with almost anything, including this unusual stir-fry.

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