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Coconut Lentil Curry

This flavorful, vegetarian curry is so good. It is easy to double and use it for meal prep as well. Serve it with brown rice and you are set.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: coconut lentil curry, curry, lentil curry, vegetarian food
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seed I only had powder, which is fine. I will include instructions for both below.
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds Again, I only had the powder.
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 ½ tablespoons ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 2-3 teaspoons salt this is a variable. As the curry reduces, the salt flavor intensifies. Make sure you want until it has reduced to test for saltiness
  • 1 ¼ cup brown lentils
  • 1-3 teaspoons cayenne powder this will depend on your pain tolerance. We like it pretty spicy.
  • 3-4 cups water
  • 15 ounce can coconut milk
  • ½-1 cup chopped cilantro


  • Heat oil in large heavy bottom pot over medium heat. I love using my Lodge enameled cast iron pot for this. It's the perfect size and thickness. If you have cumin and coriander seeds, add them once the oil is heated. If you are using powder, add it in later with the remaining ingredients. Cook the seeds for a minute or 2 and add in your garlic. Cook another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Garlic will burn quickly, so keep an eye on it.
    Add tomatoes and spices to pot. Heat and cook a few minutes. Add lentils and water to pot and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover pot and let it simmer, stirring occasionally for about 25-30 minutes until lentils are tender. Remove lid and continue to cook, allowing the curry to reduce another 10 minutes. If you need to, add a little more water to keep it from drying out.
    Add in coconut milk and cilantro. Remove from heat.
    It's ready! We served ours with brown rice. If you prefer white, use it! Or if you prefer another grain, you should use that then.
    This is so good as a leftover! It is simple to reheat on the cooktop or even microwave.
    Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve this!!