Pakistani Lentil Curry


This cheap and very easy Pakistani meal is usually eaten with Basmati rice, tossed salad, and hot pickles. It is relatively quick to make, and tastes even better the second day.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins
2 servings


  • ¾ cup dry brown lentils

  • ¼ cup dry red lentils

  • 4 cups water

  • 5 whole garlic cloves

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 2 tablespoons clarified butter

  • ¼ onion, sliced

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • cup milk (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro


  1. Soak brown and red lentils in ample cool water for 1 hour to overnight. Drain and rinse.

  2. Place drained lentils into a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Pour in the water, then add garlic, salt, coriander, cayenne, and turmeric. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.

  3. While the lentils cook, melt the clarified butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onions, and cook, stirring often, until they turn golden brown. Stir in the cumin, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  4. Stir the onions and milk into the lentils; cook for another 6 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

481 Calories
15g Fat
62g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 481
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 890mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Dietary Fiber 26g 94%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 8mg 43%
Potassium 1010mg 21%

* 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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