Monday, December 15, 2014

Lentil Spinach Curry

When I went to Bird Camp in August, I met some of the best people, one of them, my roommate, Nicole. I've been following her blog, Fitness Fatale, and over the weekend decided to try one of her recipes. 

I adore Indian food - eating a delicious curry is just the thing to warm up during a Wisconsin winter. To get my fix, I usually hit a local Indian restaurant but Nicole's recipe looked so simple that I decided to try making it for once. And it turned out great! I definitely recommend making this simple, vegan curry - it's the perfect lunch or dinner to chase away the chill!

Lentil Spinach Curry
From Fitness Fatale

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2-4 tsp curry powder (Originally recipe calls for 2 tsp but I added closer to 4 tsp. Season to taste.)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 cup dried red lentils, rinsed
1 tsp salt
1 14oz can light coconut milk
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 3/4 cup water
1/3 cup cashews
3 cups fresh spinach
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

For serving:
Basmati rice
Cilantro, chopped

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add diced onions and cook until soft and translucent. Then add mustard seeds, curry powder, turmeric and lentils. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently to make sure lentils do not stick to the bottom of the pot. Add additional oil if necessary.

Mix in the salt, coconut milk, lime juice and water. Bring to a boil then cover and simmer over low heat for 20-25 minutes or until the lentils have cooked through and the mixture has thickened.

Stir in the spinach, cashews and cilantro and cook until heated through. Serve on top of basmati rice topped with extra cashews and cilantro. 

Tell me: What is your favorite food to eat to warm up during winter?

- ST


  1. Yum! This looks great. I've only ever had curry on roasted veggies, never in a curry dish like this one, though I've always wanted to try! I'm bookmarking this:). I love chili and cornbread during the winter!

    1. Definitely give it a try :) And I also love chili and cornbread during the winter - actually any time of the year. Chili is one of my favorite foods!

  2. Oh wow that sounds awesome. I haven't met a curry that I haven't liked. :) Thank you for the recipe!
    Winter and cold weather is all about comfort food for me. I make a lot of soups.

    1. Nothing beats a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter day. Yum!