A spiced lentil & spinach pie

Spiced lentil & spinach pies

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 1 hr plus cooling


Makes enough filling for 6 individual pies

Try these vegetarian pies with a spiced pastry glaze and surprise chutney middle. The lentils not only soak up all the flavours, they’re filling and good for you, too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal1055
  • fat51g
  • saturates24g
  • carbs117g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre9g
  • protein27g
  • salt2.2g
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  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped



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

  • 5 garlic cloves, grated
  • thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated



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

  • 1 tsp cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 1½ tsp turmeric



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • pinch of chilli flakes
  • 250g red split lentils
  • 600ml vegetable stock
  • 30g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 300g spinach



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

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 6 tbsp chutney
    Apple & cranberry chutney in three jars



    Unlike a pickle which should be vegetable-based, a chutney should be fruit-based. This means…

  • 1 quantity all-butter pie pastry (see 'Goes well with' below), or use a shop-bought vegetarian alternative

For the egg wash

  • 3 egg yolks
  • ½ tsp turmeric



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes


  1. Heat the oil in a wide-based pan. Add the onion and cook over a low heat for 10 mins, stirring, until softened. Mix in the garlic, ginger and spices and cook for 1 min more. Tip in the lentils, pour over the vegetable stock, season and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, then cover and cook for 20 mins until the lentils are tender.

  2. Meanwhile, heat half the butter in a large pan, add the spinach and cook until wilted. Season, then drain. Stir the spinach through the lentils with the lemon zest and juice and coriander, then leave to cool.

  3. Mix together all the ingredients for the egg wash. Assemble the pies as directed in the pastry recipe, adding a spoonful of chutney to the middle of each. Glaze with the spiced egg wash before baking.

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6th Mar, 2020
Good pie, I used more spice and I didn't like the chutney (I used home made tomato chutney, but I would leave this out another time). Very filling, just needs a few vegetables to accompany it. Also you do not need to use 3 egg yolks! I used one, thinned with a drop or two of water which made it easier to brush.
21st Feb, 2020
Made this as one huge pie with puff pastry and added a large dollop of mango chutney. It was fantastic! Even delicious cold the next day. Will definitely make again.
Frantic Flapjack
21st Oct, 2019
This was a good pie - lightly spiced. I used onion chutney which added to the flavour. Maybe mango chutney would be better. Served with green veg and carrots.
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