Curried Lentils with Spinach

Posted By Stephen

When I arrived home, Kerri was cooking this for me. She was being helpful and eating up some left over quiche which we had made a few weeks ago and frozen. It was the first time we’ve had different dinners at home for a very long time indeed.

The dish is relatively simple, from Anjum Anand’s Indian Food Made Easy. Strangely enough, her new series is starting on television right now as I’m typing this!

Lentils, water, chilli and turmeric are brought to the boil and simmered for 10 minutes. Then tomatoes are added and cooked for 20 minutes before the spinach is added for a further 10 minutes. Then comes the exciting bit – fry cumin seeds, garlic, ground coriander and garam masala in some butter before stirring into the lentils and spinach.

The lentils themselves were mild and subtly flavoured, with the tastes of the fried spices coming through nicely, especially when you bite into a piece of garlic. Served with some rice of course. Certainly something to make again, and quite healthy if you don’t use too much butter to fry the spices 🙂

Nov 10th, 2008

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  1. Lizzie said,

    I love tarka dhals, they’re my staple for when money gets tight towards the end of the month as lentils are so cheap.

  2. This looks lovely , I find Anjum Anand a bit preachy though how many times can she say how light her Indian recipes are ? … “we believe you already not all Indian food is heavy and oil soaked” …now on with the recipes

  3. Stephen said,

    Girl Interrupted, I’d never seen her on television before, but as I mentioned in the post, a program was just starting as I was writing it. And yes, I did find her rather preachy. And a bit too Nigella-like for my liking too, but at least she didn’t lick her fingers suggestively every ten seconds. I think I said “stop babbling and show us the recipe” several times. And I threatened to turn her off several times too, but Kerri wanted to see to the end of the program so we left her on.

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