Cauliflower Lentil Curry with Spinach

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This cauliflower lentil curry is an easy vegan dinner recipe. Serve this healthy cauliflower dal topped with spinach cooked with mustard seeds for a quick weeknight meal.

Curry is my go to when I need something that’s:

✅ Comforting

✅ Warming

✅ Easy

✅ Delicious

White pot of cauliflower lentil curry topped with spinach

This one is one of my all time favourites. It’s full of tender cauliflower and thickened with red lentils for the perfect mix of textures in every bite. It’s perfect on its own as more of a soup or with rice, naan of anything else you fancy. 

I top it with some flavourful spinach leaves quickly cooked with mustard seeds and garlic for an extra hit of flavour. 

The whole thing is so warming and tasty plus it’s pretty healthy. You could add any other vegetables you like along with the cauliflower and spinach, broccoli, kale and butternut squash would all be delicious.

Overhead shot of cauliflower dal on a blue background

Close up of cauliflower curry with yoghurt and nigella seeds in a green bowl

Why we love this cauliflower lentil curry…

It’s a yummy vegan recipe which is packed with goodness from the vegetables and lentils.

You can use any vegetables you like in this recipe which makes it perfect for using up any leftover ingredients you’ve got in the fridge.

This recipe can be served in lots of different ways whether it’s on its own as a soup or with rice, naan or any other grain you like.

You can make this recipe as spicy or mild as you like by adjusting the amount of chilli flakes used.

Vegetable curry in a white pot on a blue surface

Lentil cauliflower curry with yoghurt and spinach on a blue background

Cauliflower Dal Ingredients

Onion & Garlic

Spices: Curry powder, chilli flakes and ginger add a lovely heat and flavour to this recipe

Cauliflower: Cut into florets

Red Lentils: This help to thicken the curry base

Vegetable Stock: Homemade or store bought

Coconut Milk: I prefer full fat, it adds a better creaminess

Spinach: Cooked with mustard seeds and garlic for topping the curry

Overhead shot of lentil curry in a white pot on a blue surface

Close up of rice with yellow cauliflower curry topped with yoghurt

How to make lentil curry with cauliflower

Cook the spices: Start by frying the onion, garlic and ginger until softened then add the spices and cook until everything is soft and fragrant.

Add the rest of the ingredients: Add the cauliflower and lentils to the pot followed by the stock and the coconut milk. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Make the spinach: Fry the mustard seeds and garlic in a frying pan and add the spinach leaves then serve the curry topped with the spinach.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

Cauliflower dal with a wooden spoon in a white casserole dish

Overhead shot of lentil curry with rice in a green bowl

Expert tips for making cauliflower curry with lentils

Adjust the amount of chilli flakes used to make it more or less spicy to taste.

If you want to add more protein to this recipe you could add a tin of chickpeas or stir through some shredded chicken.

If you want to try it with different veggies you could always switch the cauliflower for broccoli or the spinach for kale if you’d prefer.

Want more? Try these other cauliflower recipes!

Lentil cauliflower curry with yoghurt and spinach on a blue background

Cauliflower Lentil Curry with Spinach

This cauliflower lentil curry is an easy vegan dinner recipe. Serve this healthy cauliflower dal topped with spinach cooked with mustard seeds for a quick weeknight meal.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 601kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 2 tbsp Curry Powder
  • 1 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1 tsp Ginger grated
  • 1 Cauliflower cut into florets
  • 200 g Red Lentils
  • 1 litre Vegetable Stock
  • 1 400ml tin Coconut Milk
  • 2 tbsp Oił
  • 2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 70 g Spinach

Instructions

  • Heat the oil over a medium heat and add the onion, ginger and garlic, cook gently for a couple of minutes until beginning to soften. Add the curry powder and chilli flakes and cook for another couple of minutes until the spices are fragrant. Season well with salt and pepper.
  • Add the cauliflower and lentils to the pan and stir to coat then pour in the stock and coconut milk. Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes until the cauliflower is soft and the lentils are breaking down.
  • While the curry cooks heat the 2 tbsp oil in a frying pan and add the mustard seeds and garlic, cook for a couple of minutes then add the spinach, stir to wilt then turn off the heat. Serve the curry topped with the spinach, yoghurt and with rice and naan.
Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Lentil Curry with Spinach
Amount Per Serving
Calories 601 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 21g105%
Sodium 86mg4%
Potassium 1323mg38%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 20g80%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 1840IU37%
Vitamin C 81mg98%
Calcium 124mg12%
Iron 9mg50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the ingredients used.
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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Claudia Lamascolo
    01/10/2019 at 9:53 AM

    5 stars
    I am always looking for new cauliflower recipes and this is a bonus since lentils are my fav bean! WOW what a great photo shot drooling here!

  • Reply
    kim
    01/10/2019 at 11:47 AM

    5 stars
    This was such a great recipe idea! It was tasty, easy and everyone gobbled it up!

  • Reply
    Tina
    01/10/2019 at 12:58 PM

    5 stars
    This looks amazing! We are trying to cut down on meat and this flavorful combination of veggies and legumes sounds amazing with those spices and coconut milk. Saving this for later, thanks!

  • Reply
    Caroline
    01/10/2019 at 1:32 PM

    5 stars
    I’m a big fan of curry as well and love the sound of this – cauliflower is great at taking on flavors and lentils are just so naturally comforting. Sounds good!

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