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Spinach, Red Lentil, and Bean Curry Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Spinach, Red Lentil, and Bean Curry

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"A very tasty vegetarian curry that will make your tastebuds water! Serve with rice or on naan."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    35 mins


  1. Rinse lentils and place in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Drain.
  2. In a bowl, stir together tomato puree and yogurt. Season with garam masala, turmeric, cumin, and chile powder. Stir until creamy.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion, garlic, and ginger; cook until onion begins to brown. Stir in spinach; cook until dark green and wilted. Gradually stir in yogurt mixture. Then mix in tomatoes and cilantro.
  4. Stir lentils and mixed beans into mixture until well combined. Heat through, about 5 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 28, 2006

I am a vegetarian, and I also don't do much dairy, so I am always looking for recipes full of fresh, colorful foods. For this one, I used silken tofu instead of yogurt, 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 golden raisins. Once I added the brown sugar, it was DELICIOUS.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 10, 2008

Used fresh tomatoes and some red kidney beans and white navy beans. I kept adding spices as I was cooking this and still find the end result a bit bland. I added more cumin, garam masala, and also some curry powder. If I make this again I might add a jalapeno pepper too.

Sep 02, 2009

This is a good recipe. I left out the beans as I thought the lentils were enough. I do agree with the other posters that it's a bit bland. That can be fixed by either adding more onions or more spices. The next time I'll double the onions and add some cumin seed to them while frying. Also, many years ago an Indian friend told me that the secret to Indian food is frying the onions until they are a deep, golden brown and THEN adding the garlic and ginger.

Mar 14, 2008

This recipe was good but could have been a little spicier. It seemed to lose some of its flavor when I added all the lentils. I used frozen spinach, brown lentils, chickpeas, and cherry tomatoes cut in half, which added a nice flavor. Despite the lack of meat, my husband did not complain and complimented me on the dish. Next time I think I will put in more of the spices and roast them in the pan with the onion and oil. That seems to bring out the flavor in Indian food.

Oct 29, 2007

Oh my god, how good is this?! It came together in a jiffy, hardly had any time to taste it and adjust it along the way, then suddenly it was bang, there, so perfect. Even with the changes I had to make (frozen spinach, curry instead of garam masala, no cilantro) it is fabulous. Eating it over rice and with naan bread for lunch the next few days. But I'm going to have to make this again as a dinner for my vegetarian friends. So exciting!

May 25, 2006

Great curry in a hurry! Had to add some extra hotness to suit our tastes, and it made much more than 4 servings. Will add to my recipe box; Thank you. Just a tip for you curry lovers...my Indian friend taught me to toast my whole cumin in a hot pan then grind it in a coffee grinder and save for yummy currys - try it and you will see the difference.

Mar 31, 2011

I used chickpeas instead of mixed beans, since that's all I had on hand. I thought that this recipe was good, but missing *something*. Taking the advice of another reviewer, I added some more spice and a spoonful of brown sugar to the leftovers, and that was the key. I think I will make this again, and maybe add some dried cranberries to the mix.

Jun 19, 2007

This was a really good and healthy recipe. I didnt add the oil but it came out fine. I also added some corn into the mix that gave a nice sweetness in the background.


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  • Calories
  • 328 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 51.9 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 8.3 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 15.4 g
  • 62%
  • Protein
  • 18 g
  • 36%
  • Sodium
  • 633 mg
  • 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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