Swede puree and velvety spinach

Swede puree and velvety spinach

A Swedish-style swede & carrot mash meets an Indian-inspired spinach stew. For being complete strangers, they got along pretty well.

For the spinach stew,  I looked up the very classic palak paneer, aka spinach with cottage cheese, recipe here (recommended!). I decided to replace the  cream and  cheese with split red lentils to boost the nutritional value of the dish in a non-dairy manner.




For four persons you will need:

Swede & Carrot mash:

2 turnips
2 carrots
Water, salt, black pepper, nutmeg

  • Wash, peel and cut the vegetables into pieces
  • Place in a deep pan with 400 ml water and a pinch of salt
  • Bring the water to a good boil
  • Turn off the heat, place a towel underneath the lid and let the vegetables get steamed
  • Strain and keep the broth
  • Mash by hand or using a handheld mixer, adding some of the broth
  • Season with salt, freshly ground black pepper,nutmeg, oil and/or butter.

Velvety spinach stew:

  • Spinach puree ingredients
    300 gr tender spinach, washed
    2 garlic cloves
    1 cm piece ginger
    2 cm piece chili

50 gr split red lentils, washed and cooked on medium heat in 100 ml water until tender
1 onion, minced
200 gr tomatoes, cut in pieces,  fresh or canned

  • Spices
    1 bay leaf
    1 tsp cumin seeds
    0.5 tsp turmeric
    0.5 tsp dry chili
    0.5 tsp asafoetida (hing)
    1 tsp salt


Prepare the lentils

  • Place the washed lentils in a pot with 100 ml water.
  • Cook on medium to low heat until the lentils have absorbed the water and become mushy.
  • Set aside.

Spinach puree 

  • Wash the spinach and remove any spoiled leaves. Soak the spinach in a bowl with 2-3 cups hot water for 3 minutes.
  • Strain the spinach and place it in 2-3 cups ice cold water for 3 min. Strain.
  • Cut the spinach in smaller pieces. Place in a blender with the ginger, garlic and chili. Process until you have obtained a fine puree.

Making the stew

  • In a pan, heat up two teaspoons of oil and add the cumin. Cover with a lid placed ajar and let the cumin seeds splutter.
  • Add the bay leaf and roast for a minute or so.
  • Add another teaspoon of oil/butter and add the finely chopped onion. Fry for about 4 min until soft.
  • Add the cooked  lentils adding some oil or butter if necessary. Fry for another 2 min, stirring.
  • Add the tomatoes and bake for around 3 min.
  • Time to add in the spices: the turmeric dissolved in some water, the dry chili, the asafoetida/hing and some salt. Cook for another 3 min, not forgetting to stir.
  • Add the spinach puree, lower the heat and simmer adding some water (start with 100 ml and increase the amount if the mixture dries out).
  • When the stew looks done, turn off the heat, mix a teaspoon of cornstarch in 50 ml water and add to the spinach stew, stirring until it has thickened. Add some butter and/or oil and let it set.


  • Roast some slivered almonds in a hot non stick pan in a tsp of oil.
  • In the same pan, fry up the cornmeal coated parsley. Place a tablespoon of cornmeal on a plate and add 30-40 gr of chopped and slightly moist parsley (frozen or fresh); mix well and bake until crisp.

One thought on “Swede puree and velvety spinach

  1. sadnesstheory

    Great photos! Looks good.

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