- 150g red lentils
- 1 onion
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 green chilli
- A handful of coriander
- 2 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 tsp mild curry powder
- 6 curry leaves
- 1 vegetable stock cube
- 200ml coconut milk
- 250g beef mince
- 100g baby leaf spinach
- 3 tsp olive oil
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- 600ml boiling water
- Prep: 10 mins | Cook: 40 mins
- Medium pan with a lid
- Measuring jug
- Frying pan
Tip the lentils into a large bowl and cover with cold water. Set aside to soak for a few mins.
Peel and finely chop the onion. Halve the green chilli and finely chop it, flicking out the seeds and white bits for a less spicy flavour. Finely chop the stalks of the coriander, keeping the leaves for later.
Warm a medium pan for 1 min, then add 1 tsp olive oil and the onion. Season with salt and pepper and cook over a low heat for 5 mins, stirring occasionally till golden and soft. If the onion starts to stick, add a splash of water. Drain the lentils.
Add 1 tsp of the turmeric, chilli and coriander stems to the onion. Add 1 tsp each of the cumin seeds and curry powder. Tip in the sachet of curry leaves. Crumble in the stock cube. Give everything a good stir.
Stir in the lentils. Pour in 600ml boiling water. Shake the tin of coconut milk a few times then pour that in too. Cover the pan. Turn the heat up and bring to the boil.
When the daal is boiling turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 30 mins till thick. Stir now and then to stop it sticking. You should end up with a soft, soupy daal so if it looks too dry or stiff, add a splash more water.
While the daal is cooking, warm a frying pan for 1 min. Add 2 tsp olive oil and the beef mince. Stir and fry over a medium heat for 12-15 mins till the beef is well browned and cooked through.
Add the remaining cumin seeds and curry powder to the beef mince with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook and stir for 2 more mins. Add the spinach to the daal and fork through to wilt it. Taste and add more salt and pepper if it needs it. Ladle the daal into warm bowls and top with the beef and coriander leaves to serve.