Soak the lentils in water for half an hour. Cut the sausage and ham into dice-shaped pieces.
Peel and wash the carrots and potatoes. Slice the carrots and halve the potatoes (unless they are very small). Wash and slice a small red pepper, if using.
Drain the lentils and put them in a saucepan. Add enough water to cover them and add the sausage, ham, carrots, potatoes, bay leaf, pepper, if using, parsley, salt, saffron, cloves and wine.
Put the pan over a low heat and cover. Simmer for 7-8 minutes.
Slice the onion and garlic. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the onion and garlic for 5 minutes. When soft, add to the other ingredients in the saucepan.
Let the lentil stew simmer for at least 40 minutes. Boil off any excess liquid at the end.
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Key Ingredients: chicken, ham, carrot, potatoes, bay leaf, bell pepper, parsley, salt, saffron, cloves, red wine, olive oil, onion, garlic