Indian Lentil Saute with Kale and Asparagus

“She’s going out to eat some lentils. Who’s that girl, it’s Bev!”(lyrics have been changed to protect the innocent)

Ugh. I can’t get it out of my head. See, I started watching New Girl from the beginning again because there are a bunch of episodes in the middle that I missed and I’m trying to find them online to stream for free. Which I should probably just Hulu + it already and stop complaining my life awaaaayaaaaa.

But where’s the fun in that?


It’s not like I don’t sing to myself ALREADY and make up the most awesome, ridiculous (and award winning I’m sure like maybe in Zimbabwe) tunes to carry me through the days. That’s given town. But it’s THAT SPECIFIC melody that won’t move out of the marbles. It’s bouncing around in there like a pinball and I’m this close to cutting BANGS, you guys. Bangs.


Now I kind of want to cut bangs.

While I’ve royally screwed myself by even mentioning the bangs idea which will result in 36 hours of Google imaging celebrity bangs, GREAT, let me go ahead and show you this here quick Indian lentil saute.

“She’s gonna show you this here saute. Who’s that girl, it’s Bev!”

Seriously? Okay, I can’t even do it. If I even TRY it will result in, “she’s gonna go and bloom that garlic, who’s that gilrslkdfjslkfdjs” SOMEONE GIVE ME A LOBOTOMY.


Just make it. It’s really good. I can’t tell you. I’ll sing. I can’t. It’s hurting. It’s happening. Just look away.

I’m definitely cutting bangs.

Indian Lentil Saute with Kale and Asparagus:

 What it took for 4 servings:

* 1 cup green lentils
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 Tbs. freshly minced fresh ginger
* 1 Tbs (or more!) Indian curry powder (I used Maharajah)
* 1/2 bunch asparagus, sliced into 1-inch pieces
* 1 bunch kale, chopped
* 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
* 1 lemon
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the lentils and cook until tender, about 25 minutes.

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium high. Add the onion and saute until it starts to soften, 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and bloom 30 seconds. Add the curry powder and a pinch of salt and pepper. Continue to bloom the spices for another 30 seconds, or until fragrant.

Add the asparagus and saute until bright green, 2 minutes. Add the kale and continue to saute until wilted, another 2 minutes.

Drain the lentils and add them to the kale mixture. Toss to combine. Sprinkle with lots of cilantro and a good squeeze of the lemon juice. Maybe another pinch of salt? Taste it. I think so.

Serve with more cilantro and lemon juice!

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26 Responses to Indian Lentil Saute with Kale and Asparagus

  1. Cassie May 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm #
    I will never turn down kale and asparagus, and the lentil addition is so perfect. Great flavors!
  2. Martha May 7, 2012 at 2:13 pm #
    You would totally rock bangs!
    • Kiara May 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm #
  3. Cookie and Kate May 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm #
    This is my kind of meal. YUM. I accidentally paid for an extra month of Hulu Plus (after getting sucked into Parenthood, I don't know why or how but it happened but it did...) Email me if you want to use my account!
  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks May 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm #
    Gorgeous! I want this. That asparagus looks amazing!
  5. Julia {The Roasted Root} May 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm #
    So hard to sing yourself into a different song once one is stuck in your'll go away for an hour or two and the POOF, back in your brain again! Your saute looks fabulous. FABULOUS! Lentils are one of my faves and I can't get enough Indian it. So good!
  6. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche May 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm #
    That looks incredible.
  7. claire @ the realistic nutritionist May 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm #
    This looks just delicious. and so healthy!
  8. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen May 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm #
    Fabulous, I love these flavors together!
  9. Aggie May 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm #
    I can't get it out of my head now, lol. your first line cracked me up!!! This looks heavenly. WHO said that healthy food can't be amazing? Does anyone even say that anymore?? I have lentils in my pantry. All I ever do is make soup with them. That has to change. This is freaking delicious.
  10. Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables May 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm #
    I'm afraid of lentils. But this recipe may force me to get comfortable with them..
  11. Jackie @ Domestic Fits May 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm #
    Oh, great. Now all I can think of is the New Girl Theme song and going to buy some kale and asparagus. Thanks a lot ;) Oh, and I'm completely in love with that show too. And I look forward to browsing you Bang PInterest board.
  12. Katie (Epicurean Mom Blog) May 7, 2012 at 7:44 pm #
    Lentils, kale and Indian seasoning...all my favorite things!! I need this in my life
  13. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 8, 2012 at 1:49 am #
    This looks so yummy!! Love this idea!
  14. Rachel @ Bakerita May 8, 2012 at 4:56 pm #
    This looks amazing! I love combo of flavors. Such a healthy dish, I'll be making this for sure.
  15. Ally May 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm #
    Seriously bookmarking this perfect recipe. Loving the sound of all the flavors & spices together... brilliance! xo
  16. Priscilla @ShesCookin May 9, 2012 at 5:52 am #
    Nice! I have a garden full of kale and need new inspiration!
  17. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids May 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm #
    This looks amazing! And...I totally knew that we were kindred spirits. I LOVE that show. When Sean told me, after we watched it last night, that it was the season finale, I almost cried. True story. I need my weekly comedy fix. But, then I remembered that I get that daily by reading your sweet, funny blog. :)
  18. Kevin (Closet Cooking) May 10, 2012 at 12:30 am #
    What a nice way to enjoy some of that spring asparagus!
  19. Sherry (BTLover2) September 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm #
    I pinned this recipe quite some time ago and have finally gotten around to making it. IT'S FREAKING AWESOME!! First time I tried kale sauteed rather than whirred up in a smoothie or as chips (been a little afraid as I don't usually like "wilted" greens but it was so very good). My new favorite recipe! Thanks, Bev!!
  20. Jada January 29, 2013 at 6:12 pm #
    I made this last weekend and it was so easy and flavorful! I made a big pot to eat for lunch throughout the week.
  21. Gaby April 8, 2014 at 6:19 pm #
    Just made this, minus the kale(didn't have any) and it is delish, my 8 and 5 year old loved it...


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