Spicy Cabbage, Lentils & Nan

Jun 26, 2013 | 2 comments


Spicy Cabbage, Lentils & Nan


On my travels round the market town where I live, I popped in the greengrocer and amongst other things, bought a huge Savoy cabbage from the cheapy box for 50p. Looking up cabbage recipes, I came across Savoy Cabbage with Lentils at Abel & Cole – lots more cabbage recipes, and other veg recipes there too. It looked good, so I gave it a try and had it for dinner this evening. I made some Nan to go with it, and it was really delicious – a definite keeper









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Spicy Cabbage, Lentils & Nan

Spicy Cabbage, Lentils & Nan

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Resting time: 1 hr
Main Course
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Servings: 2
Cost per portion 51p
Calories: 608kcal
Author: Thrifty Lesley
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  • 100 g red lentils
  • 1 stock cube
  • 1 onion
  • bit of garlic
  • 250 g cabbage
  • 2 tsps mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • pinch cayenne or a little chilli
  • 1 tin tomatoes
  • 2 tblsps veg oil


  • 125 g self-raising flour
  • pinch salt


Nan Bread

  • First of all, make the nan. These really need to rest for at least an
    hour to get that doughy nan texture. If you make and eat them straight
    away, they will still taste good, but they will be  more cakey.
  • Stir the flour and salt with enough water to make a soft dough and give
    it all a good knead if you like, you don’t really need to, I don’t
    usually bother. Place in an oiled bowl and leave to prove for an hour. 
    Punch down and divide into 2. Roll out into nan shapes.
  • When you are ready to eat, pre-heat grill to high and place each nan on the grill pan and grill until it puffs and there are some brown spots. No need to turn over. Brush with a bit of spread or butter if you have it and serve straight away.
  • I make these nan with milk in the Chole recipe, but have found that water is just fine

Spicy Cabbage

  • Simmer the lentils with the stock cube in about 400ml water.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the veg. Strip the cabbage leaves from their tough
    stalks and very finely chop the stalks. I had almost nothing to put in
    the compost pot.
  • Saute the onion, garlic and cabbage in the oil until the onion is
    transparent, add the spices and saute for several minutes until the tiny
    bits of stalk are softened.
  • Add the tin of tomatoes, breaking them up if they are whole ones and tip
    in the cooked lentils. Simmer until the veg are cooked and soft, keep
    the lid off if you need to reduce the liquid a bit. Add salt and pepper
    if you need them
  • Serve with the nan


Makes 2 extremely generous servings. If you don’t want that much, will keep well for the next day when you could have it with cous cous, rice or perhaps some potato
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Nutrition Facts
Spicy Cabbage, Lentils & Nan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 608 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 510mg22%
Potassium 883mg25%
Carbohydrates 90g30%
Fiber 22g92%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 123IU2%
Vitamin C 52mg63%
Calcium 115mg12%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Lesley

    Hello Emma, and welcome. I love it when people try things and like them, and share their own recipes too!

  2. Emma

    Hi Lesley,
    I have only just discovered and subscribed to your blog. Just wanted to let you know that I tried the first of your recipes last night and it was this one. It was absolutely delicious and my partner was very impressed with my homemade naan bread! Thank you so much for finding and sharing this yummy but cheap recipe, I’m so excited to try out some more recipes!


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