Spiced Lentils And Spinach

Spiced Lentils And Spinach

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Servings: 4
Calories: 478


  • 8 oz brown lentils
  • 2 3/4 lb spinach
  • 6 tbsp ghee clarified butter
  • 1 piece fresh ginger peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 green chilli peppers finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • salt and pepper

serve with:

  • Chapatis
  • Aubergines with Yoghurt Dressing


  • Rinse the lentils well in a sieve under running cold water. Place in a heavy-bottomed saucepan with 1 1/2 pints (900 ml) cold water and bring slowly to the boil, skimming off any scum that rises to the surface.
  • Reduce the heat to very low, cover, leaving a gap for the steam to escape, and simmer gently for 1 hour.
  • Pick over the spinach, trimming it and removing any large tough stalks (these can be used in soups and other dishes); only the leaves and tender stalks are used for this recipe. Wash very thoroughly in several changes of cold water; drain.
  • Heat the ghee in a large, heavy-bottomed flameproof casserole dish and stir-fry the ginger and chilli pepper briefly over a moderately low heat; stir in the coriander and add the spinach. Continue stirring until the spinach has wilted.
  • Add the lentils, together with their cooking water, scant 1 tsp salt, some freshly ground black pepper and stir once more. Cover tightly and reduce the heat to very low; simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, by which time the lentils should be very tender.
  • Taste and add a little more salt and pepper if needed, mix in the lime juice and continue cooking while stirring for 2 - 3 minutes before removing from the heat. Serve as part of an Indian meal or as the main course for a light lunch, with a refreshing salad and chapatis.
Calories: 478 kcal
Carbohydrates: 48 g
Protein: 24 g
Fat: 24g
Saturated Fat: 14 g
Cholesterol: 58 mg
Sodium: 307 mg
Potassium: 2304 mg
Fiber: 25 g
Sugar: 3 g
Vitamin A: 29290 IU
Vitamin C: 96 mg
Calcium: 343 mg
Iron: 13 mg
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