Simple spinach and lentil curry

Simple spinach and lentil curry

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From
Indian Food Made Easy
Serves
4
Photographer
Vanessa Courtier

This dish is so simple to make and is typical of home fare. It is the kind of dish that a mother makes for her family, is good for all ages and, despite the chillies, not really too spicy. Now a confession – it could be better. I could add some whole spices and fry an onion with the other tempering ingredients but generally, when at home, I would prefer to make something simple and healthy that tastes good rather than compete with heavier, restaurant fare. This curry is great with simple boiled rice, roti or even toast.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
150g skinned and split yellow mung lentils
900ml water
8g fresh ginger, peeled and cut into thin strips
3 green chillies, left whole, (optional)
3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 small tomatoes, pureed
200g baby spinach leaves
salt, to taste
1 1/2 tablespoons ghee, butter or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
5g garlic, peeled and cut into five large pieces
1 rounded teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon garam masala

Method

  1. Place the lentils, water, ginger, chillies and turmeric in a pan, bring to a boil, then simmer over a moderate heat for 10 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and cook for a further 20 minutes, then add the spinach and salt. Cook for another 10 minutes or so, until the lentils have started to break down and the curry comes together.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the ghee, butter or oil in a small pan. Add the cumin seeds and garlic and allow the cumin seeds to redden and the garlic to start to brown. Stir in the coriander powder and garam masala, then pour the mixture into the pan of lentils. Cook for another minute and serve.
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