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Slow Carb Diet recipe idea: curried lentils

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for anyone who would like the follow the Slow Carb Diet:

Curried lentils

You will need:

  • 1 tin of green lentils
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 chilli pepper
  • 1 bag of ready to eat spinach
  • 1.5 teaspoons of cumin power
  • Half a finely chopped onion
  • Cooking oil


Heat up a tablespoon of oil in a non-stick pan on a high heat.

Finely chop the chilli and garlic (leave the chilli seeds in if you like it hot) and add the cumin to the pan.

When the oil is sizzling drop in the chopped chilli and garlic and give it a good stir for a minute or so.

Add in the onion and stir again.

Open and mostly drain the tin of lentils, for best results keeping just a little of the water that they were soaked in.

Once the onion has turned translucent tip in the lentils and give them a good stir. The water you kept with them in the tin should help to keep the mixture moist.

Turn the heat down to low and add in the entire bag of spinach, stir gently and put a lid on the pan. Wait three to five minutes, or until the spinach has wilted and it’s ready to serve.

I like to serve it with steamed or stir fried veg and a tin of tuna or a grilled bit of fish / chicken / steak / etc, but these lentils work just as well cold on a salad or mixed into a stew.

Bonus recipe

Add finely diced carrots and celery at the same time as the onions, along with chopped up mushrooms and you have a great accompaniment to game or roast meats.