Spinach, sweet potato & lentil dhal on a plate with a fork

Spinach, sweet potato & lentil dhal

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(163 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 1 tbsp sesame oil in a wide-based pan with a tight-fitting lid.

  2. Add 1 finely chopped red onion and cook over a low heat for 10 mins, stirring occasionally, until softened.

  3. Add 1 crushed garlic clove, a finely chopped thumb-sized piece of ginger and 1 finely chopped red chilli, cook for 1 min, then add 1 ½ tsp ground turmeric and 1 ½ tsp ground cumin and cook for 1 min more.

  4. Turn up the heat to medium, add 2 sweet potatoes, cut into even chunks, and stir everything together so the potato is coated in the spice mixture.

  5. Tip in 250g red split lentils, 600ml vegetable stock and some seasoning. 

  6. 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.

  7. Taste and adjust the seasoning, then gently stir in the 80g spinach. Once wilted, top with the 4 diagonally sliced spring onions and ½ small pack torn basil leaves to serve.

  8. Alternatively, allow to cool completely, then divide between airtight containers and store in the fridge for a healthy lunchbox.

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Kuchtik
19th Oct, 2018
5.05
Lovely recipe. Very easy and fast to make.
VBuff
26th Sep, 2018
5.05
This is a great recipe, easily tweakable, add more or less spice as you wish. It's even better the next day so great for making ahead if you're planning to have a houseful and need to make ahead. It's one of my go to meals in a hurry also.
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Weslei Souza
16th Sep, 2018
5.05
I loved the recipe! Very flavoured meal and looks absolutely stunning. As I tip, if you prefer moderate level of spiceness, I would recommend adding red chilli powder and a full sweet chill instead of red chilli.
themouse12345
6th Sep, 2018
4.05
A very nice and satisfying meal. I added more chillies as we all like spicy food, and it was lovely. Will definitely make again. Just wondering if tinned lentils would go well with this if added towards the end of cooking time?
Maialeigh
28th Aug, 2018
5.05
Lovely rich colour and flavour. I added a little bit more of most ingredients which worked well. Delicious!
gillh007
27th Aug, 2018
3.05
A little bland for me. Nice...but no more than 3 stars from me
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Katie Collins
3rd Jul, 2018
5.05
Loved this meal not only is it very healthy but it’s also very tasty and filling!
mellie11
10th Jun, 2018
5.05
I loved this! I've been using the same very basic dhal recipe for years but this felt like more of a main than a side. It took a longer than expected so I will cut the sweet potato a bit smaller next time. I served it with the homemade naan from this site... my husband was definitely more excited about the bread than the dhal but overall happy! It looked lovely too, just like the photo. This is also veggie and gluten free, always useful.
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Nick Clark
29th May, 2018
I love this dish. I used 2 good sized garlic cloves, plenty of black pepper seasoning and perhaps 3x the recommended spinach but it's very tasty. Good as a main meal with rice and a blob of chutney.
marywoolliams
30th Apr, 2018
4.05
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.

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Abitha Pallett
10th Sep, 2018
How long will this keep in the freezer?
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goodfoodteam
11th Sep, 2018
Thanks for your question. This will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Bentleybird
5th Sep, 2018
Could I use frozen spinach?
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goodfoodteam
6th Sep, 2018
Thanks for your question. Yes, you can. Enjoy!
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.