Estofado de Lentejas con Platano Maduro (Lentils with Ripe Plantain)

by Erica Dinho on April 24, 2012

Lentil and Ripe plantain Stew

I’ve been on a lentils kick lately, I can’t get enough of them. They are healthy, versatile, and so tasty. They are the perfect comfort food.

This can be a meal for the entire family, or just you alone, and the leftovers are great too. I ate them the next day while sitting on my couch watching an episode of one of my favorite shows. This dish is simple, but very tasty.

Buen provecho!



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground achiote
  • 1/3 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 7 cups of vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 pound dry lentils, picked and rinsed
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 1 ripe plantain, peeled and diced


  1. Place the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, red bell pepper, tomato, garlic, cumin, salt and achiote. Cook, stirring for about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Add the lentils, carrots and plantain, reduce the heat to medium low, cover partially and cook until the lentils are soft about 40 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and add the chopped cilantro and serve with white rice and avocado.
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1 Caroll Buitrago-Long April 24, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Gracias. Cuando me dan ganas de lentejas…me dan GANAS de lentejas!! y esto esta perfecto…tan facil de hacer… gracias Erika y Dios te bendiga!


2 Belinda @zomppa April 24, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Oo – loving the additions of plantains with lentils – never really thought about it!


3 Andrea April 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Hola erica Tu blog esta muy bien todos los dias trato de hacer alguna de tus recetas una amiga me sugirio que te preguntara por que no haces los videos mientras vas preparando las recetas se que eso lleva mucho tiempo pero seria genial un saludo muy especial me encanta tu blog


4 Erica April 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Andrea- Gracais por tu comentario….Lo voy a pensar :)


5 Meister @ The Nervous Cook April 24, 2012 at 8:24 PM

I’m crazy about lentils… AND plantains! This sounds delicious, and I can’t wait to try it.


6 Gera@Sweets Foods Blog April 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM

I’ve never eaten lentils with plantain interesting to taste and more that with the cold days here :)




7 andrea August 30, 2012 at 2:13 PM

It’s really good with plantains I put it as a side as well as avocado and rice but I mixed all together later… For my lentils I add 1 chicken cube and I add some bacon chopped in little pieces and with the same grease I add it to the lentils and it really taste delicious… I love lentils…


8 Ben April 25, 2012 at 8:04 AM

For some reason I don’t cook/eat a lot of lentils. I know they’re great for you and very versatile, but I guess I just haven’t found a good recipe to make them, until now. Platano maduro must add a lot of flavor to them, and the avocado… YUM!


9 Marie April 25, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Thanks!! Sound so good!


10 Platanos, Mangoes and Me! April 25, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Lentils have always been numero uno in my pantry…loks really delicious Erica…


11 Joanne April 25, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I just had lentils for lunch today! We must be thinking alike. :) Savory dishes with sweet plantains always make me happy. This looks so tasty!


12 Minty @ under de mango tree April 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Looks so delicious and comforting.


13 Jeannie April 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM

That looks good and wholesome Erica, I would love to have it too if I could:)


14 rebecca subbiah April 26, 2012 at 10:45 PM

love this so so healthy


15 rosita vargas May 1, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Es un plato muy reconfortante me encanta lo preparo igual sin el plátano ,aquí no se usa en las comidas ,pero ahora lo agregaré,abrazos y abrazos.


16 Annie May 5, 2012 at 7:45 AM

I made your recipe last night and it was simple and delicious. I served it with grilled chicken on the side. thanks


17 Erica May 5, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog!


18 Joan May 6, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Hi Erika, I’m making this recipe right now…and it smells soooo good.
Muchas gracias!


19 mirella June 12, 2012 at 10:32 PM

I tried this!!! Not only does it taste delicious but the aroma builds your appetite too


20 mary July 13, 2014 at 3:49 PM

mi mama le gustan mucho las lentejas


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