Spicy root & lentil casserole

Spicy root & lentil casserole

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(773 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

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

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…

  • 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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12th Nov, 2015
I found this not pleasant to eat, but after one portion whizzed it in a blender and added water. It made a great soup and many portions!
5th Nov, 2015
This is such a lovely and simple recipe! Really easy, tasty and filling. I've made it a few times and prefer to use sweet potato instead of parsnips but it's delicious either way. It is filling enough without the naan but nice to have something to mop it all up with! Also fed to a meat-eater and he really enjoyed it.
20th Oct, 2015
This is delicious! My meat-eating boyfriend loved it too. Next time I'm going to use sweet potato and double the amount of lentils like a lot of people have suggested. It's a firm mid-week favourite in our house now!
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3rd Oct, 2015
Was quite sceptical about this but its blooming lovely (coming from an avid meat eater) . Stuck to recipe exactly apart from adding mushrooms & a tin of tomatoes as part of the stock. Used Veeraswamy medium mohglai curry paste (from Waitrose) which I think made it as they are wonderful curry pastes. Will defo make again. I also cooked it for a lot longer before adding the lentils (about an hour on a gentle simmer) as my veggies were quite chunky and I like the sauce to be well reduced.
8th Sep, 2015
Lovely flavoursome recipe. I used baby potatoes instead of regular ones (to save on time peeling) and they cooked lovely and in the time recommended. i too doubled the amount of lentils to give it that bit more substance, although i had enough casserole to feed an army! Really easy to make!
30th Aug, 2015
I have been making this dish for 2 years now and it is a great mid week dinner. I have two pans on the go so that my Husband and I can have a spicier version to the childrens. My children have been eating this since they were 18mths and 3 years old and there are never any complaints as long as it comes with a papadom to scoop up with! This is the sort of dinner you enjoy enough not to feel like you have been hard-done-by after a long day at work but its also quick, nutritious and cheap. Adjust the spice to suit your palette! Enjoy x
13th Aug, 2015
Yummo. Great for using up basic vegetables. I pretty much followed the recipe but cooked it in a slow cooker. Really tasty, simple to make and leftovers for another meal. Five stars.
3rd Aug, 2015
Lovely casserole although almost a Dhal with the lentils. I used twice the lentils (by mistake!) but it seemed to work really well, used sweet potato, new potatoes, parsnip and a handful of chestnut mushrooms that needed using up. Interesting how many differing comments on blandness, I'd got some leftover home made curry powder that was used for a fabulous chicken biryani so it was very fragrant rather than hot so I took a chance and used it. It worked really well with the lentils, although adding yoghurt to this mix was a bit cloying but coriander really freshens it up. A great recipe for freezing in small batches, in fact tasted much better the next day.
24th Jul, 2015
Read the comments and doubled the quantity of lentils. Took longer to cook than stated. Really tasty. Makes loads. Simple to put together. Will make again.
8th Jul, 2015
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