Spicy root & lentil casserole

Spicy root & lentil casserole

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins

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Serves 4

The potatoes in this recipe take on the spicy flavours beautifully - our idea of the perfect veggie supper

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  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy
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  • 2 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 700g potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 4 carrots, thickly sliced
  • 2 parsnips, thickly sliced
  • 2 tbsp curry paste or powder
  • 1 litre/1¾ pints vegetable stock
  • 100g red lentils
  • a small bunch of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • low-fat yogurt and naan bread, to serve

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  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the onion and garlic over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes until softened, stirring occasionally. Tip in the potatoes, carrots and parsnips, turn up the heat and cook for 6-7 minutes, stirring, until the vegetables are golden.
  2. Stir in the curry paste or powder, pour in the stock and then bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, add the lentils, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the lentils and vegetables are tender and the sauce has thickened.
  3. Stir in most of the coriander, season and heat for a minute or so.Top with yogurt and the rest of the coriander. Serve with naan bread.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2003

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bubli's picture
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I expected this to be more curry/dahl-like dish, but it turned out to resemble more potato soup than anything else. Rather bland and unimpressive, will try once more with curry paste instead of powder to see if it changes anything. 3 stars instead of 2, as it tasted somehow better the next day

camelialexandra's picture

I pretty much halved this recipe, enough to serve 3 (or 2 hungry people)!
Still used 100g of red lentils to ensure it was nice and thick. I threw in some broccoli and red pepper too.
To flavour, I added 1tbsp Korma paste, sprinkle of cumin and chilli powder! - DELICIOUS!

satutatu's picture

Superb recipe - easy, cheap and super tasty. Made with pumpkin, jerusalem artichoke, sweet potato & carrots as that's what I had. Started it off by saute-ing onion, garlic, ginger and chili before adding the root veg. Added 1 tbsp Patak's Madras paste then, and another one when adding stock. Needed loads of it as the lentils went very smushy but the root veg remained in shape. Absolutely delicious served with GF Indian spiced greens and GF fragrant mango chutney and creme fraiche along with garlic/coriander naan. YUM! And the rest is going in the freezer!

harve's picture
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Absolutely FANTASTIC and easy. I adore curry, especially thick, creamy, spicy dahl - and this has it all. I have never cooked a curry in my life before, picked this one ( because over 400 people can't be wrong !! ) and it was better than I could have imagined. I agree with alco/26 - the extra 50g of lentils really thickened it up well, and no additional seasoning was necessary. The 2nd night, an addition of hot water was needed to moisten it up again, and still had a lot left over for a 5th portion the next day. This is a superb recipe !!! Thank you.

alcol26's picture

I cooked this dish this evening for my veggie husband. I very rarely cook so neither of us were expecting too much from this recipe. We were however very pleasantly surprised! I added the extra 50g of lentils as suggested and the sauce thickened up beautifully. I used rogan josh curry paste and no additional seasoning was needed to produce a very tasty dish. The yoghurt on top finished off the meal perfectly. I have two frozen portions in the freezer now and will definitely make this again throughout the winter.

paul4dirt's picture

great curry, we added sweet patato instead of normal, and two small red rawit pepper. used madras currypaste. and 0.75l stock instead of 1, still needed a bit more time cooking without cover so it wouldn't be too watery.

conatazz's picture

I was really impressed with this! It was so simple and quick to make, great for my vegetarian housemate and used up a lot of things I had in the cupboard. Will definitely make again!

annacbanana's picture

Tasty, but I would definitely use less stock next time (800ml would do) as it was more like a soup whereas I was expecting a stew-y consistency.

bhscream's picture
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Absolutely delicious! I couldn't get parsnips so used a small pumpkin instead. I also used double the amount of lentils and a little more stock and the consistency was perfect, the potatoes broke down and thickened the casserole nicely. A very versatile recipe that I'll definitely be making again.

EEGSKI's picture

Have just whipped up this casserole after work. So quick, easy and cheap. I have no doubt that I will be making this many times over varying the vegetables.

Annie17's picture

A quick and easy recipe. I added a tbsp of tomato purée to mine. Delicious!

kirstine_e's picture

So simple and super easy. Will definitely be making this again. Would maybe add sweet potato next time for another flavour.

RootDenial's picture

It was very nice, and right up until the point where I added the coriander into the pan it looked like it wasn't going to thicken, but upon serving turned out quite nicely. Next time however, no coriander for me, I don't think I like the stuff and I found it overpowered the dish.

emma-jane-finnegan's picture

amaaaaaazzzzzing!!! delish and so super easy!

byrnek's picture

I made this today for my vegetarian son. I made some minor adjustments, i made my own curry powder out of tumeric, ground coriander, and cumin. I used two tbsps. fresh, minced ginger because i had it. I decreased the potatoes but inctreased the lentils. It was awesome! I enjoyed making it because i had to research metric adustments and also the homemade curry powder. Will add lentils a little later next time. Was also the first time using parsnips so that was fun. A real keeper

kimatclova's picture

Lovely have made it maybe 5 times now never had a 'watery' problem maybe try add less stock if thats the case, its also nice with pitta bread pockets.

anilatac1's picture
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Disappointing. Very bland. It turned out to be too watery. Not a very nice dish.

evieweevie's picture
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Yummy, healthy and not bad on the budget :)

lizleicester's picture

Not bad as a winter soup but not enough about it to be classified as a casserole. Disappointing.

Murfy's picture

So good and so cheap. Perfect easy eating in front of the TV.

I used the Monkey Curry powder by Spice Monkey.