Spinach & Red Lentil Curry on Roasted Eggplant

Heidi Hoerman

By
@heidicookssupper

Some folks think that Indian food is too spicy to eat. Curries need not be hot, especially when they are homemade. You can leave the hot pepper completely out of this dish and still have a wonderfully tasty meal.


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Serves:

2 large servings

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

45 Min

Ingredients

1 c
red lentils, rinsed and sorted if necessary
2 c
water
2 Tbsp
peanut oil or other light oil, plus additional to oil eggplant pan
2 Tbsp
unsalted butter or additional oil
2 medium
onions, chopped
1 small
spicy pepper, chopped (optional). choose the type of pepper by how hot you wish the curry to be,
1 inch
ginger root, peeled and minced
1 clove
garlic, peeled and minced
1 lb
fresh baby spinach or mature spinach with stems removed and larger leaves cut in several pieces
2 Tbsp
tomato paste
1 Tbsp
mixed curry powder or garam masala
1 large
purple eggplant, peeled and cut in 1/4 inch slices
2 large
eggs lightly beaten with a tablespoon of water
1 c
panko bread crumbs
1/2 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
pepper
3/4 c
plain yogurt, preferably a thick greek yogurt

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat the oven to 350F.
2
In a small sauce pan, boil the lentils in 2 cups water until they burst and most of the water is absorbed, 10-15 minutes.
3
In a large, heavy pan or dutch oven, heat the oil and butter over medium heat.
4
Saute the onions, pepper (opt.), ginger and garlic until the onions are translucent.
5
Add the spinach to the onion mixture and wilt it totally.
6
Add the lentils and any remaining liquid to the vegetable mixture. Stir in the tomato paste and curry powder. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more curry powder or salt if necessary.
7
Turn the temperature under the curry to very low, cover, and allow to sit while you cook the eggplant.
8
Oil a large baking sheet. Sprinkle the salt and pepper onto the eggplant slices.
9
Dip the eggplant slices in the egg and then in the bread crumbs. Place them in a single layer on the baking sheet.
10
Bake the eggplant slices 15 minutes. Turn them over and bake another 15 minutes.
11
To serve, place a layer of eggplant slices on plates, cover with the curry, and top with dollops of yogurt.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes, Roasts
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy