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Lentil and Spinach Dhansak

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I made this recipe for my family last night, it was the first time I'd tried it, but everyone loved it. Even son who tends to feel as if he's been short changed if I serve a meat free meal :roll: .


Anyway, because we liked it so much I thought I'd share it with you..... even though it contains neither eggs nor chocolate, the Omleteers favourite ingredients :wink::lol::lol::lol:




25g low fat spread (or a small glug of oil)

1 red onion, finely chopped

2.5cm piece root ginger, grated or finely chopped

2 tsps of curry paste, or to taste (I didn't have paste in, so substituted madras curry powder with great success)

1 vegetable stock cube, dissolved in 600ml boiling water

85g red lentils

2 carrots, chopped

1 sweet potato, chopped into cubes

225 bag of spinach leaves

350g basmati rice

Finely grated rind and juice of half a lime or lemon

Lime or lemon zest to garnish




Melt the spread in a saucepan, add the onion & ginger and cook for about 5 mins, stirring occasionally, until soft.

Add the curry paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Gradually add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil.

Stir in the lentils, carrots and sweet poato and simmer gently for about 15 mins until tender.

Meanwhile cook the rice.

Stir the spinach leaves into the cooked vegetables until they have just wilted and then add the lime or lemon rind or juice.

Serve the vegetables with the rice garnished with the lime or lemon zest.


Yummy :D


The calorie count on that for anyone interested is 492 cal per serving (the recipe serves 4), with 4.5g fat, 0.8g sat fat & 0.57g salt.


Of course I wrecked that by serving it with a generous dollop of low fat creme fraiche and some fresh chopped coriander, but it was heavenly, and very quick and easy to prepare as well.

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That looks really tasty, Kate and it doesn't look like a faff to do - I hate recipes with a list of ingredients as long as your arm and that take ages and ages to prepare and cook :)


One question - are the red lentils dried ones and do they have to be pre-soaked?





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