Nicole’s Favorite Recipe of All Time… Cumin Seed Stew

Today you’re in for a special treat… my favorite recipe of all time!  This has been a favorite of mine since I was 13 years old, and I have yet grow tired of it.  This recipe has more ingredients and steps than my other recipes, so I usually make it in large quantities.  Frequently, I’ll make a huge batch of this on Sunday and eat it all week long!


  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin or pork loin, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 heaping Tablespoons cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Better than Bullion Low Sodium Beef Base
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes, low sodium
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped


  1. Cook brown rice and lentils according to package directions.  When finished, mix rice and lentils together. 
  2. In a large skillet or wok, heat olive oil and begin sautéing onions. Add pork and 1 Tablespoon of the cumin and cook, stirring frequently, until pork is almost cooked through. (About 4 minutes.) Remove pork from skillet and set aside.
  3. Mix Beef “Better than Bullion” and hot water.  Add to skillet.  (If skillet is not very large, you can switch to a pot at this point.)  Add wine and tomatoes.  Heat until almost boiling, stirring occasionally.
  4. Mix cornstarch and the remaining 2 Tablespoons of cumin with just enough cold water to make a thin paste.  Stir into skillet and allow sauce to thicken. 
  5. Add mushrooms and pork to sauce, and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add garlic and cilantro.  Add more cumin if desired to taste.
  7. Serve cumin seed stew on top of rice/lentil mixture.

Bon appétit!


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2 responses to “Nicole’s Favorite Recipe of All Time… Cumin Seed Stew

  1. Hi Nicole;

    I sure enjoy your blog and recipes. I do have a question about your recipes. Some of them, like this stew, obviously serve more than 1, but how many servings does the recipe make? I’m also interested in your fruit and oatmeal breakfast. Is that 1 serving?

    Thanks for your help, and keep doing what you’re doing!

    • Nicole Geurin, RD

      Hi Donna,

      Great question! The stew makes a lot of servings- I would say about 12 servings consisting of 1/2 cup rice/lentil mixture and 1/2 cup stew. One serving of this size is approximately 215 calories. I usually eat 1-2 servings of this size at a meal.

      The oatmeal, on the other hand, is meant to be one serving. It makes a large bowl full of oatmeal and is approximately 350 calories.

      Thanks for reading! -Nicole

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