Spinach, sweet potato & lentil dhal

Spinach, sweet potato & lentil dhal

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(128 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins

Easy

Serves 4

A comforting vegan one-pot recipe that counts for 3 of your 5-a-day! You can't go wrong with this iron-rich, low-fat, low-calorie supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal397
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs65g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre11g
  • protein18g
  • salt0.6g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped
    Ginger

    Ginger

    jin-jer

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

  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
    Chillies

    Chilli

    chill-ee

    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 1 ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 2 sweet potatoes (about 400g/14oz), cut into even chunks
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 250g red split lentils
  • 600ml vegetable stock
  • 80g bag of spinach
    Spinach

    Spinach

    spin-atch

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

  • 4 spring onions, sliced on the diagonal, to serve
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • ½ small pack of Thai basil, leaves torn, to serve
    Basil

    Basil

    ba-zil

    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a wide-based pan with a tight-fitting lid. Add the onion and cook over a low heat for 10 mins, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add the garlic, ginger and chilli, cook for 1 min, then add the spices and cook for 1 min more.

  2. Turn up the heat to medium, add the sweet potato and stir everything together so the potato is coated in the spice mixture. Tip in the lentils, stock and some seasoning. Bring the liquid to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and cook for 20 mins until the lentils are tender and the potato is just holding its shape

  3. Taste and adjust the seasoning, then gently stir in the spinach. Once wilted, top with the spring onions and basil to serve. Or allow to cool completely, then divide between airtight containers and store in the fridge for a healthy lunchbox (see tip below).

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marywoolliams
30th Apr, 2018
3.8
Delicious - tasty and comforting. I followed the recipe until the end when I added a very small amount of creamed coconut which gave it an extra taste dimension.
catie74
21st Mar, 2018
3.8
Nice for lunch but I'm not sure I'd want it for my main meal. I have served it as a side curry with a lamb curry which went really well
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Katie Howseman
17th Mar, 2018
0.05
My husband and I couldn't eat this which is rare for us. It was like bland savoury tasteless porridge. I had high hopes because we love Dahl, love sweet potatoes, love spinach, love lentils but it was just bland mush. Usually I change up recipes but this one, I followed exactly. I feel like it needed 4 times as much garlic/chilli/ginger/spices and half as much lentils and cooking time. I may try a loose version of this with more seasonings and whole green lentils again because it sounded so nice.
rowanecope
15th Mar, 2018
5.05
Super lovely meal! I was worried that it might need some carbs to balance it out, but it was fine as is. I have to admit, I did add a couple of rashers of bacon as I had them in the fridge, and it was absolutely delicious.
denidax
27th Feb, 2018
5.05
Delicious! I followed the recipe exactly, with the exception that I also added some rice and it came out delicious. It was really easy to cook too and I will definitely be making it again.
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Michael Suhonen
21st Feb, 2018
5.05
I followed this recipe exactly as it says and with the exact ingredients, it was a very nice comforting meal. Under 400 calories and a great meal for the 5 - 2 diet plan.
Kate Forber
7th Feb, 2018
Lovely & easy to make - so tasty! Going on the mid week meal menu
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Allison Plant
3rd Feb, 2018
5.05
I had almost everything on hand - so followed the recipe as closely as I could - and it was absolutely perfect. My sweet potato cubes were smaller than in your picture, so they were just the right softness after 20 minutes, I also had to use a Vegan Chicken stock as I had no veg stock on hand - but it turned out totally fine. I didn't have spring onions on hand - didn't miss it. I will certainly be making this again and again. So yum, so simple. The kids gobbled it up - I think I need to make a double batch next time.
Corinne_s13
20th Jan, 2018
3.8
Didnt have enough sweet potato so used parsnip as well. Was a bit heavy on lentils for me but general tastes ok. Would probably prefer a veg curry with some tomato
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Alexander Marks
4th Jan, 2018
5.05
sooooo good!

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Jean D
6th Jan, 2018
I’m very new to trying a vegan diet. Am I right in thinking this recipe is vegan? It only says vegetarian. Thank you.
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goodfoodteam
8th Jan, 2018
Thanks for your question. Yes, it is vegan too. Enjoy!
lizwarner
7th Mar, 2017
I'm thinking about cooking this for a friend however she doesn't like spicy dishes. Would your say this is spicy?
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goodfoodteam
10th Mar, 2017
Removing the seeds from the chilli will make this dish much milder. If she doesn't like any heat at all then simply leave the chilli out altogether.
phil71
27th Jul, 2016
Love this, but think it works best with 2 or 3 times the amount of liquid. It's nice dry but amazing with a sauce. If I can't get basil, I use star anise and add it at the spices stage.
shopsoi
25th Feb, 2017
You can add a can of chopped tomatoes and a can of coconut milk! yum.