Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Emma Star Jensen
Total Time
1 Hour 15 Mins
Serves 4 to 6

This vegetarian dish is fragrant with garam masala, an Indian spice blend that typically includes black pepper and a mix of sweet and savory spices.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°. In a 5- to 6-qt. pot, heat 3 tbsp. oil over medium-high heat. Add chile, celery, carrots, and chopped onion and cook, stirring often, until vegetables soften, about 5 minutes. Add 2 tsp. garam masala and cook, stirring, about 30 seconds. Add thyme and 1 tsp. mustard; cook 1 minute.

Step 2

Stir in lentils, 3 cups broth, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until lentils are just tender, about 40 minutes, checking occasionally and adding more broth if needed so they're covered in liquid.

Step 3

Meanwhile, in a 9- by 13-in. baking dish, whisk together honey; 1/2 tsp. salt; and remaining 4 tbsp. oil, 2 1/2 tsp. garam masala, and 1 tsp. mustard. Add squash and toss until well coated.

Step 4

Roast squash 15 minutes. Stir in onion chunks and brussels sprouts and cook until vegetables are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, 15 to 20 more minutes.

Step 5

Drain any excess liquid from lentils and discard chile. Stir in orange juice and transfer lentils to a shallow bowl. Spoon roasted vegetables on top, serve with crème fraîche, and season to taste with more salt.

Step 6

*Find black beluga and French green lentils at well-stocked grocery stores and online.

Chef's Notes

Recipe is gluten free when made with gluten-free broth.

Ratings & Reviews


November 02, 2015
Easy recipe, complex flavors. A few changes: I used brown lentils and I did not drain the delicious broth. No créme either. For the last 10 min, I added sliced, precooked chicken with jalapeño sausage to the veggies being broiled. A bowl of delicious. Will make again, and again.