Lentils with Spinach

Lentils with Spinach

6 reviews, 3.5 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 1 hour 50 minutes

From the book "World of the East Vegetarian cooking", by Madhur Jaffrey's


1.25 pound Spinach; fresh or frozen
1 medium Onion; peeled
5 tablespoon Olive oil
2 cloves Garlic; peeled and minced
1 cup Lentils; dried
1.5 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Cumin seeds; ground
0.125 teaspoon Black pepper; ground

Original recipe makes 6



Separate the fresh spinach leaves and wash well. Do not discard the pinkist roots. Wash them as well. Bunch up a few leaves at a time and cut them crosswise into 2 o 3 pieces.

Cut the onion in half lengthwise, and then cut the halves into fine half rings.

Heat the oil in a heavy, wide, casserole-type pot over a medium flame. When hot, put in the onion and garlic. Stir and saute for 2 minutes. Now put in the lentils and 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat and simmer about 25 minutes or until lentils are just tender. Add the spinach leaves and roots, salt and cumin. Stir to mix and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer another 10 to 25 minutes or until spinach is tender and well mixed into the lentils. Stir gently a few times during this period. Put in the black pepper and mix again. This dish may easily be made ahead of time and reheated.

Nutrition info (per serving, 170g):

Total calories: 243

- 106 from fat

Total fat: 12g

- Saturated fat: 2g

- Polyunsat fat: 1g

- Mono fat: 8g

- Cholesterol: 0mg

- Sodium: 669mg

- Potassium: 873mg

Total Carbs: 25g

- Dietary fiber: 13g

- Sugars: 3g

- Other Carb: 22g

Protein: 12g

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Turned out good! Adding it to my recipe book for dinners I like. My BF insisted on adding salsa to his, I just added a touch of lemon to mine. Great!
lorithegreat 2y ago

Very simple to make. My 13 month old son loved it.
DavidSarnowski 3y ago

A simple, but tasty dish. Not too flashy, but delicious.
DavidSarnowski 3y ago

Everone loved it
karenbail99 4y ago

Easy and delicious!
karleerin 4y ago

Simple and satisfying. I'll be making this very soon.
Otterpond 6y ago

[I posted this recipe.]
gilducha 6y ago

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