Paul and I can never agree on curry takeaways. Whilst he likes the sophisticated flavourings of Aartis on Street Lane, I like my takeaway curry to be a little bit dirty. A little bit fluorescent. I like my chicken tikka masala to be bright red and greasy. So wrong, but so right.
However, when it comes to home-made, I prefer my curries to be wholesome. I don't claim any authenticity - I don't grind or roast spices, this curry is not a labour of love but a quick and easy meal that will warm your belly and make you feel a little bit smug (it's the spinach, it's a smug food). It also makes a pretty good lunchbox meal, although watch out for envious glares as others poke at their soggy sandwiches. I know it's not very 'foodie' to suggest something is microwave-friendly but this really is - and sometimes that's okay. Just save the tub from your last takeaway to put it in. Or be nerdy like us and buy a hundred of those little trays from Costco for all your tupperware needs. As you can tell, it gets pretty crazy here...
I used a mixture of lentils from Tesco, but this really works with any kind of lentils - you could add chickpeas as well. It's a real store-cupboard meal - if you cook regularly, you'll probably have most of the ingredients in already.