Garam Masala Lentil & Vegetable Squash Bowls


Spiced garam masala lentils combine with an assortment of savory vegetables, nestled in a roasted acorn squash half all topped with vegan sour cream and fresh basil.

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I really enjoy this dish, it’s about my third time making/perfecting it. I adore lentils and am always trying to increasingly sneak them into pretty much everything. Broccoli and squash are two of my most beloved vegetables, so it’s no wonder why I can’t stop making it. I hope you enjoy it as much as Todd and I do! 

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Garam Masala Lentil & Vegetable Squash Bowls

Kathleen Henry @ Produce On Parade

Spiced garam masala lentils combine with an assortment of savory vegetables, nestled in a roasted acorn squash half all topped with vegan sour cream and fresh basil.


  • 3 whole acorn squash, halved and de-seeded
  • 1 large head of broccoli (florets only), chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 large onion, diced small
  • 1 large celery stalk, sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1-2 tsp fresh chili paste, to taste
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • dash of ground black pepper
  • dash of kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 cup green lentils (or any other color, except red)
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable broth
  • juice from 1 medium orange
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • vegan sour cream, for garnish
  • fresh basil, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place the squash halves face-down on two baking sheets and bake for about 30-50 minutes until fork tender (depending on how large they are). Remove from oven when done and set aside to cool. Once the squash is done cooking, place the chopped broccoli on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, until slightly tender.
  2. In a pressure cooker or large soup pot with a lid, heat the oil over medium low. Stir in the garam masala, turmeric, garlic, and onion. Saute about 5 minutes until fragrant and the onions have softened. Add the celery, carrots, mustard, chili paste, thyme, pepper, and salt; saute about 5 additional minutes. Stir in the lentils and vegetable broth; bring to high pressure and cook for about 10 minutes. Then, remove from heat and allow to depressurize naturally. Alternatively, bring to a boil over high heat then reduce to a simmer and cover; cook for about 40 minutes until the lentils are tender, stir occasionally.
  3. Once the lentils are tender and the broccoli is done roasting, stir the broccoli, orange juice, agave nectar, and apple cider vinegar into the lentil mixture.
  4. Place each roasted squash half on a plate and divide the lentil mixture evenly into each squash bowl. Top with vegan sour cream and fresh, chopped basil. Serve hot.

Yield: 6

As usual I’ve got my little sous chef to help me out. It was a wet and snowy day. It was fabulous while it lasted… it didn’t stick.

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