Lentil and Rhubarb Curry With Potatoes and Peas

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

From "The Flexitarian Cookbook" by Peter Berley. An excellent way to use rhubarb during the summer that's not for dessert!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the Spice Blend: In a bowl, stir together all the ingredients.
  2. For the Lentils: In a heavy 3 to 4 quart saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion, shallots, ginger, and a large pinch of salt, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, 8-10 minutes. Uncover, stir in the garlic and the spice blend, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the cabbage, potatoes, rhubarb, lentils, brown sugar, and bay leaf, along with enough cold water to cover by 1 inch. Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently, uncovered, until the lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally and add more water as necessary to keep the dish fairly soupy.
  4. When lentils are tender, season with salt to taste, stir in the peas, and simmer until the peas are just tender, about 4 minutes.
Most Helpful

3 5

This was good, but I felt that the heavy spice masked the rhubarb's flavor. If you have a garden full of rhubarb and want to use it up, but are tired of the flavor then this recipe is for you. If you have a small amount of rhubarb and you want a recipe where you can savor the flavor, I'd suggest something that gives it more of a starring role.

2 5

I made this, but found it to have an unpleasant dry aftertaste -- maybe too much turmeric?

5 5

What a great use for rhubarb!!! I made this for my family and didn't tell them what was in it until they said they loved it. I would use a bit less brown sugar (I put in about a tablespoon and it was a bit sweet) Only other thing was fennel seeds instead of ground. It was excellent Emily thank you!