Two Out of Three Aint Bad - Spinach Dahl

Cook Meter: Amateur ( I just can't cook lentils!)
Cost Meter:  $

I find it quite fitting that my very first Bread And Sniff It disaster is also my first vegetarian meal. When I had completed it I had a conversation with myself. It went alot like this.

Spinach Dahl

Mel: I knew I shouldn't have made this!
Mel: yeah well I told you but you had to try and be all healthy and well rounded didn't you.
Mel: Hey, don't you think it was worth a try?
Mel: Not when the end result looks like grassy porridge.
Mel: It does look like grassy porridge! Well it might still taste nice.
Mel: Hah your actually going to try it?
Mel: Well I can't just throw it out can I?
Mel: You're going to have to force the boys to eat it and then you're going to have to eat it too.
Mel: Sigh

I'm still going to give you this recipe because unlike me you may not overcook the lentils. My issue is that I LOVE MEAT. A meal without meat is pretty much not a meal for me. So to get me to eat vegetarian anything it has to be pretty amazing. And yes I have had quite a few amazing vegetarian meals but this was not one of them. I know that technically the meal was ruined because I overcooked the lentils and when I say overcook I mean OVERCOOKED BY 40 MINUTES...OOPS. I also think that the slightly more subtle flavours of this dish were overshadowed by the pungent Chicken Tikka Masala so that wouldn't have helped either. I think I will try this recipe again, but next time it will be all vegie all the way.

This recipe comes from my cookbook, Fresh Indian by Sunil Vijayakar

250g red lentils. rinsed and drained
1.2L water
1/4 tsp tumeric
1 tsp finely grated ginger
100g spinach leaves chopped
large handful of coriander chopped
5 cloves of garlic
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp ground cumin
1tsp ground coriander
1 red chilli
sea salt

1. Place lentils in a large saucepan with the water, tumeric and ginger. Bring to the boil. Skim off an scum that forms on the surface. I didnt know what scum looked like. Just wait a bit and you'll see it, it looks scummy.

2. Lower heat and cook for 20mins, stirring occasionally. Add spinach and chopped coriander, stir and cook for 8-10mins.

3. Heat the oil in a small, nonstick frying pan and when it is hot add, garlic, cumin and mustard seeds, ground cumin and coriander and red chilli. Stirfry for 2-3mins then tip this mixture into the lentils. Stir to mix well, season and serve immediately.


  1. Grassy porridge never looked so good!

  2. I know! Too bad it didn't taste like it looks. I think its also because mind-blowingly amazing dahl before so anything less was just a disappointment.

  3. I too think it looks quite pretty :-) I love dhal, so I don't think it can ever turn out too bad...


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