Lentils And Spinach

Lentils And Spinach

218 Reviews 12 Pics
  • Prep

    10 m
  • Cook

    55 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 5 m
Recipe by  bobawood

“This is my own adaptation of an Indian recipe. It doesn't look like much, but it is surprisingly yummy. Serve this for dinner over hot rice or a diced baked potato. Pair with carrots, cauliflower, or a fresh sliced tomato for a full meal.”

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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  1. Heat oil in a heavy pan over medium heat. Saute onion for 10 minutes or so, until it begins to turn golden. Add minced garlic and saute for another minute or so.
  2. Add lentils and water to the saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil. Cover, lower heat, and simmer about 35 minutes, until lentils are soft ( this may take less time, depending on your water and the lentils).
  3. Meanwhile cook the spinach in microwave according to package directions. Add spinach, salt and cumin to the saucepan. Cover and simmer until all is heated, about ten minutes. Grind in plenty of pepper and press in extra garlic to taste.

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This was seriously good. I used 1 cup of red lentils, and 2.5 cups of vegetable broth in place of the water specified. I also used half a white onion, half a red onion, four cloves of garlic, and during the last five minutes, wilted fresh spinach directly on top of the lentils, along with the remaining salt, pepper, cumin and garlic specified in the recipe. Got rave reviews from vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Excellent recipe!



I have been making this for a few years and love it every time. I always use fresh spinach and substitute chicken broth for the water. Very tasty!!



This was very good. I doubled everything except used only one onion and used chicken broth for half the water. I also added 3/4 c. finely chopped carrots in the last 15 min. (b/c mom always did) and added fresh spinach in the last 5 minutes of cooking. I suggest doubling this to serve four as a main dish. (Hubby and I had little leftover) Awesome, thanks!

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Amount Per Serving (4 total)

  • Calories
  • 165 cal
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 4.3 g
  • 7%
  • Carbs
  • 24 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 9.7 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium
  • 639 mg
  • 26%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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