Looking for a new vegetarian recipe using lentils? Lentil curry is a warm, spicy delicious vegetarian meal that will make the whole kitchen smell like an Indian restaurant.  I love Indian take out food, but the house never is filled with the wonderfully aromatic scents of India spices like curry and turmeric.  Another thing that I love about this recipe is that you do not have to go to a specialty store to find all the ingredients.  Most local grocery stores carry these ingredients. Also, once you start to keep some of these ingredients in your pantry, the recipe works well for a quick weeknight meal.

Indian food is typically very labor intensive but this recipe is simple! The coconut milk gives this recipe a delightful creamy texture and taste.

The lentils soak up all the smells of the far east and make this recipe seem like you have been cooking lentils for hours. Yet, this tasty recipe comes together in minutes making it a quick and easy dinner solution.

See the complete recipe below for all the details for preparing Lentil Curry in your home tonight.  Also take note of the tips and hacks to make this recipe even easier by using a microwaveable pack of brown rice and Trader Joe’s already steamed lentils! And best of all, this recipe is a great base to add any additional leftover vegetables that you may have on hand, we often use zucchini or green beans which compliment the curry beautifully.

This recipe is appropriate for helping to manage cancer, diabetes, heart health, and PCOS.  It is also gluten free, vegetarian and with a few minor changes, can easily be adapted to a vegan diet by substituting vegetable oil.  Although many people think that ghee is vegan, it does contain butterfat so it is not vegan, although it is considered dairy-free because the milk solids have been removed.

10 minute recipe Lentil curry

Photo by Kaitlin Williams Eckstein

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Lentil Curry

Lentils are a fiber-rich plant based protein that are budget friendly and awesome in chilis, stews, and curries. Serve over brown rice (make it easy with a microwave pack!) to make this a complete meal.
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: Fall, Fiber, Winter
Condition: Cancer, Chronic Kidney Disease, Gluten Free, Heart Health, Low Sodium, Nut Free, PCOS, Vegetarian
Servings: 6


  • 2.5 cups lentils cooked
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 large onion diced
  • 2 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ginger minced
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 14 oz canned tomatoes sauce
  • 1 head broccoli chopped, about 2 cups
  • 1 bell pepper sliced
  • 2 large carrot chopped to matchsticks
  • 1 jalapeno diced, optional
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 cup rice cooked


  • If necessary, cook lentils according to package instructions and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add the onion and salute for a few minutes. Add all the spices ( curry paste, curry powder, turmeric, sugar, garlic, ginger, and cayenne) and stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and simmer until smooth.
  • Place chopped vegetables in microwave safe dish with 1/2 inch of water for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the lentils, vegetables, and coconut milk to the onion and tomato mixture. Stir to combine and simmer for another 10 minutes. Serve over rice.


One of our favorite products is Trader Joe's steamed lentils, which make this an easy dish to make!
This recipe is also super versatile. Whatever veggies you have on hand can go into the curry. We've tried green beans and zucchini as well! 


Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 941mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 6236IU | Vitamin C: 123mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 6mg

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Dana uses her advanced training in functional nutrition and food sensitivities to help her clients love and trust food again as they heal from years of painful symptoms that have dominated their lives. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating and Cooking with Food Sensitivities Survival Guide.