Vegetarian Lentil and Spinach Curry

Vegetarian Lentil and Spinach Curry


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A perfect combination of red lentils, spinach, tomatoes, yoghurt and curry spices come together in this delicious vegetarian curry recipe.


Serves: 4 

  • 1 cup (220g) red lentils
  • 4 tablespoons tomato purée
  • 3/4 cup low fat-natural yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 1/2 cm piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 100g fresh spinach, washed, dried and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 (400g) tin mixed beans, rinsed and drained

Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

  1. Rinse lentils and place in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, cover saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes, or until tender. Drain.
  2. In a bowl mix together tomato purée and yoghurt. Add garam masala, turmeric, cumin and chilli powder. Stir until creamy.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Stir in onion, garlic and ginger then cook until onion begins to brown. Stir in spinach and cook until wilted. Gradually stir in yoghurt mixture, then mix in tomatoes and coriander.
  4. Stir in lentils and mixed beans until well combined and heat through; about 5 minutes.

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Used different ingredients. I am a vegetarian, and I also don't do much dairy, so I am always looking for recipes full of fresh, colourful foods. For this one, I used silken tofu instead of yoghurt, added a little lime, and used dry beans (soaked and cooked). I left out the chopped tomatoes. I also thought that there was a little something missing, so I added a bit of cayenne and salt and here was the trick: brown sugar. I am not sure how much I added (around 2 tbsp) so I would just play with it until it tasted good. Another thought, instead of the brown sugar, might be sultanas. Once I added the brown sugar, it was DELICIOUS. - 29 Sep 2008


Just came on to find a simple recipe to make. Not big on hot hot chilli and added the raw sugar as suggested by a few on here, and a bit of broccoli. It was absolutely delicious and my partner said it was the best curry I've ever made. I didn't have natural yoghurt to hand so used 'light' coconut milk which made it delicious too. A real winner, we will be having this again and again. Hoping the kids will try it a bit more enthusiastically. - 20 May 2012


Altered ingredient amounts. I'm vegetarian and take any opportunity to make vege food for friends and family. I made this the other night with my boyfriend for his family and it went down a treat. I took the advice of mblatch and added quite a bit of cayenne and brown sugar and i also added more chilli powder than suggested (maybe about 2 - 2 and half teaspoons) just so it had a bit more spice (but not too much I can't handle foods where the spice overpowers the falvour). I thought that it would be hard but it really wasn't. I also added in some cauliflower, just so that there was a bit more to eat rather than just sauce and rice! Give it a go, so YUM! - 21 Feb 2011

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