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Lentil Curry Bowl with avocado.

Rice and Lentil Curry Bowls with Cilantro Cashew Sauce


These Lentil Curry Bowls have roasted carrots, sliced avocado, and a creamy cilantro cashew sauce. Powerhouse comfort food!



For the Cilantro Cashew Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 3/4 cup cashews (mine were salted)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 clove garlic (optional)
  • 12 teaspoons honey

For the Roasted Carrots:

  • 810 carrots, peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt to taste

For the Rice and Lentil Curry:

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons red Thai curry paste
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed (or ground cumin)
  • 1 cup brown lentils, rinsed
  • 14 ounces tomato puree
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • pinch of salt
  • avocado and cilantro for topping


  1. For the sauce, puree all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. Taste and adjust.
  2. For the carrots, toss all ingredients together. Roast at 450 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown and roasty. <– favorite word.
  3. Cook the rice according to package directions. I used a rice cooker.
  4. For the curry, heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic; saute for 3-5 minutes. Add the curry paste and spices; saute for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the lentils, tomato sauce, and broth. Simmer until lots of the liquid has evaporated – continue adding 1/2 cup of liquid as needed (the lentils will just keep soaking it up). Repeat this process for about 30-45 minutes until the lentils are soft.
  6. Add the rice to the lentil mixture; stir to combine, adding extra broth or water as necessary. Season with salt.
  7. Serve in bowls topped with the roasted carrots, avocado slices, cilantro, and cilantro cashew dressing.
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 5 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: rice and lentil curry bowl, curry bowl, cilantro cashew sauce