Thursday, August 8, 2013

Spicy Spinach and Lentil Curry- Vegan Version (Throwback Thursdays)


Original photo from 2011
When I eat a rice and curry meal, I always have a mild dish to offset the spicier dishes.  Although I titled this as spicy because I used whole pieces of dried chilies, it's not as spicy as most Sri Lankan curries. We usually eat  my Basic Lentils, but it's nice to jazz them up sometimes.  I love how the spinach compliments the lentils here.  You can eat this with rice alone.  Well, at least I can. This is a great way for my kids to get some extra greens in their diet too.  So it's a winning dish in this mother's eyes.

Throwback Thursday is a new series where I take some of my original posts here on  Curry and Comfort and redo them so I can take better photos.

1 cup Masoor Lentils
2 cups water
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 small piece of cinnamon stick
1 medium onion chopped
2 green chilies
2-3 garlic cloves minced
2 tsp of ginger grated
10-20 curry leaves
1 tsp mustard seed
1 tsp cumin seed
2-3 broken dried red chilies
6-8oz fresh spinach  (frozen spinach can be used as well)
1 cup of coconut milk.


Step 1: Wash the Masoor Lentils well in cold running water.  If you see any stones, make sure you pick them out.  Place in a shallow pan with water, cinnamon stick, 10 curry leaves and turmeric.   Boil on medium high heat for 20 minutes.  You will know the lentils are done when the water has cooked out and the lentils are soft and tender.  The turmeric will give the lentils a sunny yellow color.

Step 2: Heat a large pan with 2 Tbs of canola oil on med-high heat.  When the oil is heated, add the seeds, remaining curry leaves and dried chilies and fry until fragrant about 30-45 seconds.  Careful not to burn.  Next add the onions, garlic, ginger and green chilies with a little salt and fry for 1-2 minutes.

Then add the spinach and some salt.    Add 1 cup of coconut milk.

Now add the cooked lentils.  Stir well and add salt to taste. Simmer for 5-7 minutes.   Serves 4 people with rice as part of a rice and curry meal.  Enjoy.

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