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This easy vegan CAMPING Palak Dal (Red Lentils with Spinach) is cooked in a Dutch oven right on the campfire!
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5 from 4 votes

Campfire Red Lentil Stew

This easy campfire red lentil stew is a hearty vegan meal that's perfect for camping. This twist on Indian dal is made in a cast iron Dutch oven over a campfire.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 226kcal



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup red lentils (rinsed and sorted)
  • 1 15 oz can spinach, drained
  • 3 Ā½ cups water


  • Prepare campfire: Heat coals until they are very hot, or let a campfire burn down until the wood is smoldering but without active flames.
  • Add olive oil, onions, salt, garlic, and spices to the Dutch oven. Set uncovered on coals. Let onions cook for 1-2 minutes until softened.
  • Add tomatoes to the pot and cook 2-3 minutes. Add spinach, lentils, and water.
  • Cover Dutch oven and cook about 15 minutes until the lentils are tender.
    If needed, season lentils to taste with more salt. Allow lentils to cool slightly before serving.


Serves 4, or 2 hungry hikers


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 748mg | Potassium: 680mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 5mg