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Spiced Dahl with Spinach [suitable for 5:2]



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Spiced Dahl with Spinach

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 240 g onion, quartered
  • 1 piece Ginger approx 2cm x 1cm, skin intact
  • 20 g olive oil
  • 2 tsp Panch Phoron (optional), a mixture of cumin, fenugreek, fennel, black mustard and nigella (kalounji) seeds
  • 120 g Spinach or silverbeet/chard, washed and for silverbeet/chard deveined
  • 500 g water
  • 200 g dried red lentils
  • 160 g tomato passata
  • 1/2 tsp each of Ground cumin, ground coriander, chilli powder, tumeric, salt & ground black pepper

Recipe's preparation

    Spiced Dahl with Spinach
  1. 1) Chop garlic, onion & ginger in TM bowl: 3 sec / speed 7.


    2) Add oil and panch phoron and saute: 5 min / Varoma / speed 1. Reserve onion mixture.


    3) Place washed spinach leaves in bowl & chop on Turbo for less than 1 sec.


    4) Return onion mixture to TM bowl. Add remaining ingredients.


    5) Cook until lentils are tender: 30 min / 100 degrees / Counter-clockwise operation / speed 1 with TM basket on top of lid.







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1) This recipe has been calorie counted for the 5:2 fast diet. It can be served on its own with no sides, or with low calorie sides like skim-milk youghurt, cauliflower rice and/or mini paddadums (cooked in microwave instead of oil).

281 calories per serve (279 calories without panch phoron).

2) On a non-fast day alternative sides include rice. This dish can also be 1 dish in an indian banquet.

3) Amount of chilli (and black pepper) can be reduced or increased to taste.

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  • Thank you for beginning the trend to add 2:5...

    Submitted by Shalea on 26. March 2017 - 15:42.

    Thank you for beginning the trend to add 2:5 reciipes to this forum. Also check out the Shepherd's Pie recipe, vegetable stir fry recipe and some of the soups and salads in the Everyday Cook Book. These can fit into the 2:5 fast diet and the calories per serve are listed on each page.

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  • Thanks for a great

    Submitted by Howardstoy on 21. April 2015 - 13:13.

    Thanks for a great recipe!

    I've just started 5:2, so was very pleased to find this recipe.

    I modified it by reducing olive oil to 10g and adding 200g of cauliflower and 100g of carrot.

    This makes a very satisfying meal at 280 calories per serve.

    It will definitely be one of my fast day staples over the coming winter.


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  • Nice recipe and very filling.

    Submitted by chariotlegs on 6. April 2015 - 20:18.

    Nice recipe and very filling. I didn't have any lentils so substitued canned chickpeas and only added a cup of water. Lessened cooking time to 10 minutes instead of 30 minutes. Delicious. A keeper according to my strictly fussy vegetarian 16 year old daughter.

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  • Thanks for a really great

    Submitted by thermanatrix on 20. January 2015 - 10:40.

    Thanks for a really great recipe.  I am trying to loose Christmas kilos by following 5:2 and being able to have recipes that I can use for that purpose is great! As I didn't have all the ingredients and the correct amounts I substituted Kale for the Spinach and combined French Lentils with Red Lentils.  I had to cook for an extra 20 mins because of the French Lentils, but it was well worth it.  I ate a small serving on it's own and served it with rice for my son.

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