About this recipe:Potato and cauliflower are a favourite combination for curry and they are delicious cooked with lentils in a mildly spiced sauce. Serve with a fresh carrot chutney, sliced banana mixed with plain low-fat yoghurt, and basmati rice or naan bread.
2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 large onion, chopped
1– 2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh root ginger
2 tbsp mild curry paste
175g (6oz) red lentils
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp turmeric
450g (1lb) small new potatoes, halved
1 small cauliflower, broken into florets
1 red pepper, deseeded and coarsely chopped
4 tomatoes, skinned and quartered
225g (8oz) baby spinach leaves
handful of fresh coriander leaves
For the chutney
3 carrots, coarsely grated
1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
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Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion, garlic and ginger, and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the curry paste and cook for a further 2 minutes.
Stir in the lentils, cumin, turmeric and 1 litre (1¾ pints) water. Bring to the boil, then cover the pan and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Stir in the potatoes and cook for 10 minutes, then add the cauliflower and cook for another 10 minutes. Add the pepper and tomatoes, and simmer for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the chutney. Mix together the grated carrots, chilli, lime juice and chopped coriander. Transfer to a serving dish.
Stir the spinach into the curry and cook for 2 minutes or until just wilted. Stir in the coriander leaves and serve with the fresh carrot chutney.
Some more ideas
*The vegetables can be varied according to what is available. Try chunks of courgette and aubergine with, or instead of, the cauliflower, or small whole okra or cut green beans with the tomatoes. *Additional beans can be added. Black-eyed beans and chickpeas are particularly good. If using dried beans, soak them overnight, then cook them in boiling water for 45–60 minutes or until almost tender. Canned beans need only be drained and rinsed, then added towards the end of the cooking time.
*This curry is full of vegetables. Together with the lentils, they provide valuable dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals. *Raw accompaniments, like the carrot chutney here, boost the vitamin content of a meal and provide complementary textures and flavours.