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Spinach and Lentils


Spinach and Lentils

Here's a very simple yet healthy and delicious way to eat your greens. Serve this warm with rice or Indian roti for a complete vegetarian meal.


  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 Teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 dried red chiles
  • 1/4 Cup sliced onions
  • 1 Thai green chile, slit down the middle
  • 1 Teaspoon minced garlic, smashed into a paste
  • 1 Teaspoon minced ginger, smashed into a paste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • Pinch of asafoetida powder
  • 1/2 Pound spinach, chopped roughly
  • 1/2 Cup cooked lentils
  • 1 Cup basmati rice, cooked, or 2 pieces roti, for serving


Heat the oil in a pan over low heat. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and red chiles and fry until the mustard crackles, for 1-2 minutes. Add the onions, Thai chile, garlic, ginger, and a little salt, and cook until browned slightly.

Then, add the turmeric and asafoetida powder. Next, add the spinach and stir well to combine. Add the cooked lentils and cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve warm with rice or roti.