Simple spinach dhal with garlic, lemon and raita

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Serves: 4

By peacelily

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  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 12 blocks spinach frozen

  • 1 tsp turmeric

  • 250g natural yoghurt

  • 1 lemon squeezed

  • 1/2 handfuls fresh mint (or 1/2 tsp of dried mint)

  • 500g organic red lentils

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 2 medium tomatoes thinly sliced

  • 1/4 cucumber thinly sliced

  • 1 tsp chilli powder

  • 185g brown rice


  1. Put the rice on first as this takes 35-40 minutes, rinse and cover with the same amount of water again, bring to the boil and simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, boil the lentils with the same amount of water again, then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Put the spinach in a pan on a low heat and cover to defrost.
  4. Squeeze the lemons and press down on the garlic with a large knife so it's cracked but still whole.
  5. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large, wide, open pan until it's piping hot and fry the garlic on a medium heat until it's beginning to brown.
  6. Add the spices and fry until they go almost black.
  7. Quickly add the lentils, lemon juice and spinach, don't worry if the lentils have excess water on them.
  8. Simmer until the dhal has reached your desired consistency.
  9. Then mix the yoghurt, cucumber, tomatoes and mint together in a bowl and serve with the dhal. Serve with the brown rice and a chapati/pitta bread

Handy Hint

To get the dry, fiery heat that characterises this dish, it's important to use chilli powder, not fresh chillies, and to also cook on a high heat to release this spice quickly.

Additional Information

  • Make Ahead

  • indian

  • yoghurt

  • spinach

  • Rice

  • pulses

  • Main Course

  • Vegetarian

  • Nut Free

  • Gluten Free

  • Egg Free

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  • HookwayMumma 27/11/08 19:49

    I would like toadd that the raita is very good as well. I used fresh mint instead of dried.

  • HookwayMumma 27/11/08 19:48

    This is the nicest dahl my husband and I have ever had! My son didn't agree, but I am sure he will get used to it

  • peacelily 18/01/08 19:03

    If kids like spices they'll like this! Older kids can help but it's best to keep little ones out of the kitchen b so the chilli porder doesn't get in little crevices. Good the next day on toast/in pitta