Spicy root & lentil casserole

Spicy root & lentil casserole

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(541 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4
The potatoes in this recipe take on the spicy flavours beautifully - our idea of the perfect veggie supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal378
  • fat9g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre10g
  • protein14g
  • salt1.24g
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  • 2 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • 700g potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 4 carrot, thickly sliced



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 parsnip, thickly sliced



    The fact that the parsnip is a member of the carrot family comes as no surprise - it looks just…

  • 2 tbsp curry paste or powder
  • 1 litre/1¾ pints vegetable stock
  • 100g red lentils



    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

  • a small bunch of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • low-fat yogurt and naan bread, to serve



    Yogurt is made by adding a number of types of harmless bacteria to milk, causing it to ferment.…


  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.

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Comments (536)

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

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

evieweevie's picture

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.

signeh's picture

This was a nice and filling weekday meal, although unfortunatley the smell was more interesting than the tase.

ellyhorne's picture

Just fab - as good as in an indian restaurant. Lovely, thanks!

regularjon's picture

A great tasting recipe. Really hearty and warming, especially for a vegetarian. I also decided to chop up some ginger and chilli and put it in there for some reason. I dunno why I did it but it tasted okay so whatever. Peace x

uk2901's picture

Perfect! This is soooo easy to make and so tasty! Don't change a thing! I added a bit of chilli once and it was unbearably hot! :)

disco_disco's picture

Its ok. But it was more of a rubbish curry than anything else.

knights101's picture

Really tasty...the whole family enjoyed it...will be making this again :-)

kiwipanda14's picture

Delicious, super easy and quick! The second time, I took out the parsnips and added some tomatoes for some more flavour.

looney's picture

Simply beautiful! Even my meat loving, lentil hating wife loved this meal and asks for it often.


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