Curried Lentils and Spinach

By: Jill Nussinow

Ingredients

2 teaspoons of canola or other natural oil
1 medium of onion diced
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 teaspoon of grated ginger root or 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
2 teaspoons of curry powder
1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds
pinch of cayenne pepper if desired
1 1/4 cups of lentils
2 cups of vegetable broth
1 10-ounce package of frozen spinach
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
cilantro or mint for garnish

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a medium (1 1 /2 to 2 quart) saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds, then add the ginger, curry powder, cumin seeds and cayenne, if using.
  2. Saute another 30 seconds and then add the lentils and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 30 minutes and test to see if lentils are cooked through.
  3. When the lentils are close to being thoroughly cooked, add the spinach and cook until hot. Remove from the heat, add the lemon juice. Taste, and add salt and pepper. Top with chopped cilantro or mint. Serve on top of rice or other cooked grain.