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Vegan Lentil and Sauerkraut Stew with Mustard Dumplings (Linseneintopf mit Sauerkraut und Senfknödeln)


A hearty and comforting vegan stew featuring lentils, sauerkraut, and vegetables simmered in a flavorful broth, topped with fluffy mustard dumplings.

Cuisine: German
Servings: 4


For the stew:

  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1 onion (150 g), chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots (200 g), diced
  • 1 celery stalk (80 g), diced
  • 1 cup (200 g) green lentils, rinsed
  • 4 cups (950 ml) vegetable broth
  • 1 cup (200 g) sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) caraway seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

For the dumplings:

  • 1 cup (125 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) plant-based milk
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil


  1. Prepare the stew: Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, carrots, and celery; cook until softened.
  2. Stir in lentils, vegetable broth, sauerkraut, bay leaf, thyme, and caraway seeds. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Make the dumplings: While the stew simmers, combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together mustard, plant-based milk, and olive oil. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  4. Cook the dumplings: Drop spoonfuls of dumpling batter into the simmering stew. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until dumplings are cooked through.
  5. Serve: Ladle stew into bowls and top with dumplings. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Suggested Drinks

German Riesling: The bright acidity and fruity notes of Riesling complement the earthy flavors of the lentils and sauerkraut, while its slight sweetness balances the tanginess of the mustard.

Schwarzbier (Black Lager): This dark lager boasts a rich, toasty flavor that complements the heartiness of the stew, with its roasted malt character providing a counterpoint to the tangy sauerkraut.

Non-Alcoholic Option:

Apfelschorle (Apple Spritzer): This refreshing blend of sparkling apple juice and sparkling water is a classic German drink that cleanses the palate and complements the stew's hearty flavors.