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Red lentil curry with spinach in a bowl with spoon

Red Lentil and Spinach Masala

This red lentil curry recipe was inspired by Naturally Ella. It's packed with leafy greens, thickened with dairy-free coconut milk, spiced with a mix of Indian anti-inflammatory ingredients, and finished with some sliced avocado. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1- inch fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 serrano chili pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • ¼ teaspoon coriander
  • One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • One 15-ounce can unsweetened full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 5 ounces baby spinach

Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil. Saute the onion over medium-high heat until soft, 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, serrano, cumin, garam masala, and coriander. Cook until very fragrant, 2 minutes. Carefully pour in the tomatoes and add the salt, scraping up any brown bits that formed on the bottom of the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has reduced and the tomato chunks have softened, 5 minutes. Add the coconut milk and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the lentils and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until the lentils are tender, 25-35 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the lentils from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Fold in the spinach and cook until wilted, 3 minutes. Serve alongside coconut rice.

Recipe Notes

This is a great make-ahead meal and can keep in the fridge for up to week.