Cauliflower and lentil curry

    35 min

    A staple dish in Indian cuisine, this vegetarian ‘dhal’ with vegetables is enriched with coconut milk, giving it an exotic, enticing flavour. Serve with rice, warm naan or chappatis.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 1 fat garlic clove, finely chopped
    • 25g fresh root ginger, grated
    • 2 tsp ground coriander
    • 2 tsp ground cumin
    • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
    • 75g red split lentils
    • 150ml vegetable stock, hot
    • 1 cauliflower, cut into small florets
    • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
    • 400ml can coconut milk
    • 75g frozen green beans, thawed
    • 3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • sprig of fresh coriander to garnish

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a large saucepan and gently cook the onion for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent. Add the garlic, ginger, ground coriander, cumin and turmeric and cook for 2 minutes, stirring all the time.
    2. Stir in the lentils, then pour in the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and gently simmer for 10 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tbsp oil in a frying pan and fry the cauliflower for 2–3 minutes until lightly browned. Add to the lentil mixture with the carrots and coconut milk.
    4. Bring the curry back to a gentle simmer and cook for a further 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the beans and cook for 3–4 minutes.
    5. Stir in the chopped coriander and lemon juice, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon onto a warmed serving dish and garnish with a sprig of fresh coriander.


    If canned coconut milk is unavailable, use 175g chopped creamed coconut, which comes as a block, dissolved in 350ml boiling water. Alternatively, you could use a carton of coconut cream and make up to 400ml with stock or water.

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    I had a cauliflower which I needed to use up and I fancied something spicy - this was perfect. I even made it without the carrots and the coconut milk and it's something I'll definately make again.  -  01 Oct 2009


    Creamy and delicious. I added a fresh, chopped chilli for some spice, but the recipe is fine as it is. Will definitely make it again.  -  21 Jun 2009


    Outstanding! I added 1 teaspoon salt, and I didn't have the green beans, but it was a big hit served over brown rice. I'll definitely make it again.  -  26 Mar 2010