Lentils and Spinach in Masala Sauce

Shut the front door.

I can make curry paste.

Lentils and Spinach in Masala Sauce

I guess I have made curry from scratch before (as in not from a purchased paste or powder). Nathan pointed out you don’t know that though because all the curries on here are yellow curries. I have this delicious green coconut curry I make…. yum.

Lentils and Spinach in Masala Sauce

But to make an honest to goodness curry paste was something else. I still have enough left over in my fridge to whip up another batch of these delicious spicy lentils.

Lentils and Spinach in Masala Sauce

And I know I don’t have to tell you this but lentils are SO good for you. Chocked full of vitamins and fiber and so terribly cheap. If they aren’t part of your diet you should seriously add them. And this recipe is any easy way to do it.

Lentils and Spinach in Masala Sauce

Sure the making the paste is a whole extra step but the flavor is unmatched. Plus you get the satisfaction of enjoying a delicious dish you made. I am contemplating making this paste just to gift to friends and family. Wouldn’t you love to get that as a Christmas present?

Lentils and Spinach in Masala Sauce

One year ago today: Brownie cookies with a salted caramel frosting

Lentils and Spinach in a Masala Sauce (serves 8)
Adapted from Naturally Ella

3 teaspoons cumin seeds
3 teaspoon coriander seeds
2″ piece ginger, peeled and cut into pieces
1 teaspoons red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
4 teaspoons garam marsala
2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons peanut or other nut oil
4 tablespoons tomato paste
2/3 cup packed cilantro leaves

2 tablespoon olive oil
1 small white onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup masala paste
1 28 oz can stewed tomatoes
1 can coconut milk
1 1/2 cup red lentils
4-6 cups spinach

To make paste, toast cumin and coriander seeds in skillet until fragrant. Use a mortar and pestle (or a spice grinder) to grind spices. In a small food processor, add ginger and pulse until broken into small pieces. Add red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, garam marsala, and salt. Give a couple pulse to incorporate. Next, add nut oil, tomato paste, and cilantro leaves. Pulse until paste forms and everything is well incorporated. Set aside.

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and add diced onion, cooking until translucent, 4-5 minutes. Add in minced garlic and cook for one more minute. Stir in masala paste and cook for 1-2 minutes, then stir in stewed tomatoes and coconut milk. Stir together and bring to a boil. Add in lentils and reduce heat to medium low. Cook, stirring often, until lentils are tender, 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and fold in spinach. Serve with your favorite grain, extra cilantro, and a dollop of greek yogurt.

Lentils and Spinach in Masala Sauce

2 thoughts on “Lentils and Spinach in Masala Sauce”

  1. I made this for dinner tonight. So good! I made the curry paste the day before for a quick Monday night meal. My lentils took a while though and they were still somewhat al dente after almost 40 minutes of cooking. Weird.

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