Vegetarian Red Lentil Coconut Curry

This is a dreamy, creamy, delicious vegetarian red lentil coconut curry which is great served over rice.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
4 servings


  • 1 cup red lentils

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 medium carrots, chopped

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 3 medium plum tomatoes, chopped

  • 2 cups vegetable stock

  • ½ (14 ounce) can coconut milk

  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste

  • 2 teaspoons curry powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder


  1. Rinse lentils with cold water until water runs clear. Drain and set aside.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add carrots and onion. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper to help vegetables release their liquid. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add tomatoes and another pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Stir in vegetable stock and lentils. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil.

  4. Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer, stirring every so often, for 45 minutes. Stir in coconut milk, curry paste, curry powder, cumin, and chili powder. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Note:

For an extra kick, add red pepper flakes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

379 Calories
19g Fat
41g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 379
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Sodium 320mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 18g 63%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 14mg 68%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 6mg 35%
Potassium 864mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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