Better-for-you pea, spinach and mung bean curry

Sep 23, 2019
This delicious curry is perfect for serving up to family and friends! Source: Supplied by Jacqueline Alwill.

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to fit more greens into your diet and cut down on your red meat intake, give this delicious curry a red-hot go! This mouthwatering meal was supplied to Starts at 60 by chef Jacqueline Alwill in line with Bowel Cancer Australia’s Meat Free Week, which helps to raise awareness around bowel cancer and its links to an overconsumption of red meat.

With a super straightforward method and an ingredient list full of flavourful spices, you just can’t go past this delicious dish! Serve it up to friends and family, and enjoy!


  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 small (100g) brown onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • pinch ground cinnamon
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • 200g cooked mung beans (100g dry) or you can use 200g cooked / tinned lentils
  • 400ml coconut cream
  • 400ml water
  • 400g frozen peas
  • 250g frozen spinach
  • 1/2 bunch coriander, leaves and stalks finely chopped, to serve
  • 1 bunch broccolini, trimmed and blanched, to serve
  • Brown rice, to serve
  • Coconut flakes, if handy, to serve


  1. Heat a large saucepan on medium heat, add coconut oil, garlic and onion, cover and cook for 4 minutes. Add spices and cook a further minute, stirring throughout. Add cooked mung beans/lentils, coconut cream, water and a good pinch of salt, bring to the boil with lid on, remove lid and lower heat to simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Add frozen peas and frozen spinach and cook a further 6-10 minutes until both have completely defrosted and curry is hot enough to eat. The curry sauce should be lovely and thick at this stage.
  3. Serve with chopped coriander, blanched broccolini, brown rice and coconut flakes if handy.

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