Mawmenye (Lentils and Beef Stew)

Mawmenye (Lentils and Beef Stew)


"This recipe is an unusual yet yummy blend of ingredients. Beef and lentils are accented with spiced turnip, raisins and figs. It is a hearty yet easy one-pot meal."


1 h 40 m servings 487 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 487 kcal
  • 24%
  • Fat:
  • 17.8 g
  • 27%
  • Carbs:
  • 57.3g
  • 18%
  • Protein:
  • 27.4 g
  • 55%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 63 mg
  • 21%
  • Sodium:
  • 1063 mg
  • 43%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Season the beef with salt and pepper, then cook in the pot until browned on the outside. Pour in the chicken broth, and simmer over medium heat for about 45 minutes, until the beef is tender. Remove the beef from the liquid, and set aside.
  2. Pour the beef broth into the pot, and add the lentils. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
  3. Season the turnips with cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and basil, and add them to the pot. Return the beef to the pot, and stir in the raisins and figs. Simmer for 10 minutes to blend the flavors before serving.
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  1. 17 Ratings


A little on the sweet side. I would reduce the amount of raisins and also chop the figs into very small pieces. For some reason, my meat turned out a bit too chewy, even though I followed the ...

I loved the flavors but I don't have nutmeg so I changed nutmeg to fenugreek and it was delicious! I also used radish instead of turnip. What a wonderful smell! Mmmm. Thank you!

I loved this but my husband did not, so I will make this for me on the nights he can not be home. Thank you for the recipe.

This is excellent - sweet and unique, my boyfriend couldn't get enough.

A fantastic combination of flavors. Great for those cooler fall nights when stews keep you warm from the inside. This one quickly became a favoritte in our family.

Flavor is a 5, but dish in not too colorful. I will make it again! I substituted potato and onion for turnip (no turnips at the local farmstand)

Very good! I took other member's advise and cut the figs really small. I am a true believer of flavor so I tripled the spices plus I added another 1/4 cup of turnip (3/4 cup). It was a really...

Yummy! I didn't have several of the ingredients, so had to substitute (sweet potato for turnip, assorted dried fruit for figs), but it was still a great recipe for using beef stew meat and lent...

It was a hit! I can't believe we ate turnips!