Spinach dhal with paneer

Spinach dhal with paneer

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 2
A veggie curry in a hurry - paneer cheese adds texture to the delicately spiced dhal and makes it into a satisfying main

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


  • kcal896
  • fat43g
  • saturates25g
  • carbs78g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre7g
  • protein55g
  • salt4.25g
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  • 250g red lentil



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

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • finger-tip piece fresh root ginger, grated



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • ½ a 400ml can reduced-fat coconut milk
  • 200g paneer, cut into 2cm cubes
  • 100g baby spinach leaves



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • few coriander leaves


  1. Boil lentils for 8-12 mins, then drain. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan and gently cook the garlic, ginger and garam masala for 2-3 mins. Reserve 2 tbsp of the coconut milk, add the rest to the pan with the lentils and simmer for 5 mins.

  2. Heat grill to high. Arrange the cubed paneer on a foil-lined baking sheet and grill for 5 mins, turning once, until golden.

  3. Stir spinach into lentil mix and gently cook until just wilted. Divide between bowls, then top with the paneer and reserved coconut milk. Scatter over coriander and serve with naan bread.

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Comments (8)

quincepip's picture

I didn't like it all that much but my 18 month old did, so regrettably we will be making it again!

helenedonaldson's picture

Oh dear. Really didn't like this. Paneer was totally tasteless and the rest was no better. And where, in the recipe, does it tell you when to add the spice mixture to the rest?

michellea999's picture

Very bland, wish I had read comments first. Did not like the paneer at all, had a strange overall texture to the dish.

amandanunn's picture

I added chillis and some cardamon and cumin so was very nice

sharonlitt's picture

I wish I'd read these comments before making this - very bland indeed, there are definitely better dahl recipes around so I won't make this one again.

folkoono's picture

896 calories?! :s

archangelrich's picture

Quick to make, but incredibly bland. WOn't be making again.

andrebo55's picture

Noty the best dhal we've made..quick but lacking depth of flavours!

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