Spicy root & lentil casserole

Spicy root & lentil casserole

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(563 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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7th Aug, 2012
Easy to Make and tastes Great
5th Jul, 2012
Thought this was very tasty but agree that it needs more lentils or less liquid. I didn't use parsnips as I don't like them so used more carrots. I added mushrooms as I happen to have them. Next time I think I'll add a bag of spinach at the end for colour and extra nutrition.
28th Jun, 2012
Amazing!! Tastes divine - and is good for you too! Win :)
28th Jun, 2012
I know this isn't a curry but its definately missing a few things: cumin seeds, coriander seed, mustard seed (maybe), chilli, tomato, garam masala, and hello, GINGER?! The flavour of the stock was completely overpowering (its got the flavour of a soup rather than a casserole), and the taste of the curry powder doesn't cut it. Use less stock and more spice! For the best flavour, it's good to fry/dry fry the seeds before using.
10th Jun, 2012
i thought this recipe would be bland and boring but after finally deciding to lose weight i have been searching healthy recipes. so therefore i tried this dish and was pleasently suprised, it had lots of flavour which was the main thing. i served it with naan bread. my two fussy children even loved it and now its on the menu every week.
7th Jun, 2012
This was lovely and so easy to make. Very tasty and will definitely make again. Also a good cheap dinner for the end of the month!
18th May, 2012
Very tasty indeed. Looking to reduce my meat intake and on the lookout for recipes as we've been doing the same stuff for years. I particularly love menus that use up veg, have always throw them into soups. This was a big hit with my wife and children.
13th May, 2012
So tasty! I added extra lentils because it was a little thin with the amount recommended in this recipe.
10th May, 2012
added cumin seeds, sprinkle of garam masala and large pinch chilli flakes at onion cooking stage, frying in frylite and splash of water (as on slimming world) didnt have carrots or parsnips so added aubergine, courgette, small cauli and brocolli florettes and new potatoes. Also upped lentils to 185g. didnt add yoghurt or corriander (hate corriander!) tasted lovely and even better next day for lovely, healthy filling lunch :-)
8th May, 2012
I loved the recipe - changed it to add half the vegetable stock and cook the vegetables slowly and gently so the result was more like a dry curry to eat with roti. I will add some onion seeds next time for the extra taste and colour. It will keep well and the flavours will further enhance the vegetables in time.


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