- 1-2 tbsp rapeseed oil
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- 2 large onions, finely chopped
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 tsp turmeric
Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…
- 2 tsp cumin
An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…
- ½ tsp cinnamon
A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…
- 2 red chillies, deseeded and sliced
- 500g carton passata
- 1.7l reduced-salt vegetable bouillon
- 175 dried green lentils
- 2 carrots, chopped into small pieces
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- 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
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- 5 celery sticks, chopped into small pieces
- 2/3 small pack coriander, few sprigs reserved, the rest chopped
- 1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges, to serve
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Heat the oil in a large non-stick sauté pan over a medium heat and fry the onions and garlic until starting to soften. Tip in the spices and chilli, stir briefly, then pour in the passata and stock. Add the lentils, carrots, sweet potato and celery, and bring to the boil.
Cover the pan and leave to simmer for 30 mins, then cook uncovered for a further 5-10 mins until the vegetables and lentils are tender. Stir in the chopped coriander and serve in bowls with lemon wedges for squeezing over, and the reserved coriander sprinkled over.
Seal in goodness
Adding coriander after cooking helps protect its beneficial oils and flavour.
Health benefits of spices
Turmeric is good for heart and brain health, and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. Cumin improves blood circulation, while cinnamon is a digestive aid and helps regulate blood sugar levels.