Lentils are such an amazing food! They are really inexpensive, easy to use is a wide variety of meals and they pack a serious dietary punch when it comes to fibre and protein. They are one of the star foods for improving your gut health! A really valuable and budget friendly addition to your diet.
Like most of my meals that were inspired by other cultures, this is one you’re unlikely to find on the menu of an authentic Indian restaurant – but it is fragrant and delicious!
- 2 cups red lentil
- 1/3 cup French (puy) lentil
- 2 tbsp garlic olive oil
- 1 large brown onion, diced
- 1/2 tsp minced ginger
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 rounded tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp chilli powder
- 3 1/2 cups hot veggie stock (I use Massel for a store bought option)
- 1/3 cup coconut cream
- 2 large carrots, grated (roughly 1 rounded cup)**
- 2 large handfuls of baby spinach, roughly chopped
**you can use an equal quantity of grated pumpkin or sweet potato here if you’d prefer
Rinse and drain your dried lentils
Heat the oil in a heavy based frying pan and add the onion, cook until soft.
Add in the ginger and mix well to combine.
Add in the dry spices and fry well until fragrant.
Add in the lentils and stir well to coat the mix. Add in the grated carrot and combine again.
Add in the hot stock, stir well and bring to a simmer.
Simmer for approximately 25 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure the lentils don’t stick to the bottom of the pan as they are absorbing the stock.
Add in the coconut cream and chopped spinach, stir well and cook until the spinach is wilted, but still bright.
Serve warm with your choice of ‘bready’ accompaniment – we used suitable wraps that we brushed with a little garlic oil, sprinkled with salt and popped under the grill until they were toasty and brown.
Makes about 4 adult serves.