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Indian Lentils and Spinach

Rated as 4.7 out of 5 Stars

"I combined two other recipes to create this."
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1 h 15 m servings 129
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Heat oil in a heavy pan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in the hot oil until beginning to turn golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add minced garlic to onion; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute more.
  2. Mix chicken broth, lentils, 1/2 cup water, crushed garlic, coriander, salt, cumin, chili powder, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, cayenne pepper, and bay leaf into onion mixture; bring to a boil. Cover pan, lower heat to medium-low, and simmer until lentils are soft, about 35 minutes.
  3. Place spinach in a microwave-safe bowl and add 1/4 cup water; heat in microwave for 5 minutes. Stir spinach and continue cooking in microwave until heated through, about 5 minutes more. Let spinach cool, about 5 minutes; drain water and squeeze excess water from spinach.
  4. Mix spinach into lentils; cover pan and simmer until heated through, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 129 calories; 2.4 20 8.1 0 325 Full nutrition

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I used vegetable broth in place of the chicken broth and fresh spinach in place of the frozen kind. I served this on rotini pasta. This smelled great, and tasted deliciously spicy! Thanks for...

I used this recipe as my base and found it really useful. I used veg stock instead of chicken, ended up adding a little more water, didn't bother with the salt, loved all the spices, but added m...

Delicious a bit spicy but very good. I made the chicken broth fresh, boiled some chicken thighs then shredded the chicken and added the chicken back in with the lentils. No other changes served ...

I made this for a book club potluck dinner with an Indian theme. Since we agreed not to make anything too spicy, I left out the cayenne and reduced the chili pepper by half. It was delicious! If...

Loved this recipe! So easy, yummy and filling. You can totally make it with or without the spinach and even add carrots etc. I didn't have a bay leaf and used fresh spinach.

This a really good dish. I've been trying new recipes lately and I'm glad I found this one!

Very tasty & easy! Definitely a keeper, I think next time I'll reduce the amount of salt, though.

What a great recipe. It was so delicious and my husband really liked it over rice. This is a keeper!

This was very tasty with a little bit of hot kick to it. I did not use the cayenne pepper. The cinnamon is repeated in both the ingredients list and the directions. The garlic is used in two...