Burmese Vegetable Stew (Bah-hah-li)

Ah Chan

A Burmese stew eaten for special gatherings with family and friends. This recipe was taught in one of City Markets Mosaic of Flavors classes.

Prep Time

60 minutes

Cook Time

30 minutes


8 Servings


1 pound lentils, red
3 carrot
3 eggplant, Asian (medium)
4 tomato (small)
3 potato
1 squash, winter
1 plantain (firm)
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 slice ginger, fresh
1⁄2 cup soy sauce
  salt (to taste)
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 slice turmeric, fresh
1 teaspoon paprika


Cover lentils with water in a large pot and boil for about 15 minutes. As lentils cook, coarsely chop remaining ingredients. Add everything to the pot of lentils (adding water as necessary) and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for about thirty minutes until everything is tender. The meal can be enjoyed on its own or eaten with rice.