Lentils are a favorite legume, since they're mildly flavored and therefore meld well with any number of flavor profiles. They're also delightfully quick to cook. And lentils are full of protein and fiber, making them an excellent source of nutrition for vegetarians. The recipe below combines them with potatoes, tomatoes and other vegetables in a broth flavored with a mixture of Indian spices.
I like to serve this dish either with or without rice, depending on how hungry I am. Sometimes I double the broth and make it more of a soup than a stew, which is also nice. The chopped fresh spinach and lemon juice are essential bright spots to balance out the earthiness of the dish.