How to make it

  • To pre-cook the dry lentils, pick over to remove debris or shriveled lentils, rinse, and drain. Cover with water or broth and boil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand covered for about an hour. See Photo
  • Saute the onion, celery, poblano and garlic until nicely softened. Remove from heat and toss with the Madras Curry Spices See Photo. I used the Madras Curry Powder posted by Barbie Mensher here on
  • In a crockpot pour in the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, lentils, cubed potato and sauted vegetable. Cook on high until liquid is reduced and sauce thickened. I'd say about 5 hours should do it.
  • Prepare the Spaghetti Squash
  • Pre-heat oven to 375. Split open the spaghetti squash See Photo. Scrape out the seeds. See Photo
  • Place flesh down in a large pan and pour 1/4c of water into the bottom of the pan to keep the squash from scorching See Photo. Bake for about 45 - 50 minutes. Looking for the squash to be soft.
  • Gently scrape the tines of a kitchen fork around the edge of the spaghetti squash to shred the pulp into strands See Photo. Remove to a large bowl and toss with butter, salt and pepper.
  • Put a portion of squash on each plate and top with the Madras Lentils.
  • I'm putting two hours as the cooking time but since I wasn't in a rush I used a slow cooker for the Madras Lentils. I used the stove top I would have simmered it for about an hour until reduced. See Photo
  • There is more than six servings of the Madras Lentils but one large spaghetti squash is only going to serve 4 to 6.
Use a very sharp knife and a stable work surface to split open the squash. It has very tough hide so be careful.   Close
Squash is cleaned all seeds and guts removed.   Close
Gently pull the fibers away from the gourd.   Close
After sauting the veggies toss them with the madras curry spice.   Close
Put the cleaned squash face down in the roasting pan and add just a little water in the bottom.   Close
Mix all the ingredients together and either let them simmer away in the crockpot or put them on the stove to simmer.   Close
Quick soak the Lentils by boiling for 10 minutes then letting set for about an hour to rehydrate.   Close

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  • cuzpat 7 years ago
    So very good!
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  • ttaaccoo 7 years ago
    this sounds fabu-lishus!! love lentils and curry and squash and thank you for creating!
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  • justjakesmom 7 years ago
    I like the sound of this. Great pic too, Laura!
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  • chuckieb 7 years ago
    That looks beautiful Laura! Totally bookmarked!
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