Japanese-Inspired Lentil and Artichoke Stir-Fry

Japanese-Inspired Lentil and Artichoke Stir-Fry
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What Started it all:
Lentils, Artichoke, vinegar (apple cider, balsamic), wok

This vibrant and hearty Japanese-inspired stir-fry combines the earthy flavors of lentils with the delicate taste of artichokes. A hint of apple cider and balsamic vinegar adds a delightful tang. Perfect for a comforting meal that brings fresh flavors to your table.


  • 1 cup lentils, rinsed
  • 4 fresh artichokes, trimmed and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a medium saucepan, add the rinsed lentils and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 20-25 minutes, until tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. While the lentils are cooking, trim and quarter the artichokes. Steam them for about 10 minutes until tender but still firm. Set aside.
  3. In a large wok, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the minced garlic and grated ginger, and stir-fry for about 1 minute until fragrant.
  4. Add the sliced red bell pepper to the wok and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until slightly softened. Then, add the steamed artichokes and continue to stir-fry for another 2 minutes.
  5. Add the cooked lentils to the wok, followed by the apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce. Toss everything together to ensure the lentils and vegetables are well coated with the sauce. Stir-fry for another 2-3 minutes until everything is heated through.
  6. Season the stir-fry with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with sesame oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped green onions. Serve hot.

This Japanese-inspired lentil and artichoke stir-fry is a delightful blend of textures and flavors, perfect for a comforting yet fresh meal. Enjoy it with a bowl of steamed rice or on its own for a satisfying dinner. Happy cooking!

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