Thursday, February 9, 2017

lentils with spinach and ginger

Lentils are mainstays in southern India, where pungent spices give distinction to many dishes. If you can not find yellow lentils, use yellow split peas.


  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
    white or black
  • 1 tablespoon oil, olive
  • 1 medium shallot(s)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, ground
  • 1 cup(s) lentils, yellow
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) stock, vegetable
    chicken stock or broth
  • 1/2 cup(s) coconut milk, light
  • 2 cup(s) spinach, baby
    stemmed and chopped, or 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, fresh
    chopped (fresh coriander)


    Serves 4
    Toast only the white sesame seeds before using. To toast, place the sesame seeds in a small, dry saute or frying pan over medium heat. Cook briefly, shaking the pan often and watching carefully to prevent burning. Remove the seeds from the pan as soon as they begin to turn brown. Set aside. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallot, ginger, curry powder and turmeric and cook, stirring, until the spices are fragrant, about 1 minute.
    Add the lentils, stock and coconut milk. Raise the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover partially, and simmer until the lentils are tender but still firm, about 12 minutes. The mixture should be brothy; add a little water if needed.
    Stir in the spinach, cover and simmer for about 3 minutes longer. The lentils should still hold their shape. Uncover and stir in the salt. Serve hot, garnished with the cilantro and toasted white or untoasted black sesame seeds.
    Serving size: About 3/4 cup
    Source: This recipe is one of 150 recipes collected in "The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook," published by Mayo Clinic Health Information and Oxmoor House, and winner of the 2005 James Beard award.

Nutritional Information Amount Per Serving
  • Calories243
  • Total Fat7g
  • Saturated Fat2g
  • Sodium332mg
  • Carbohydrates32g
  • Dietary Fiber15g
  • Protein13g
  • Cholesterol-

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