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Red curry lentils on a plate with rice.

Red Curry Lentils


  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Description

Red curry lentils is my all-time favorite lentil recipe. Thick, creamy, saucy, and perfect as leftovers. Plus it’s healthy and easy!


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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups lentils, rinsed and picked over
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1/2 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • a few good shakes of cayenne pepper
  • 1 14-ounce can tomato puree
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk or cream
  • cilantro for garnishing
  • rice for serving

Instructions

  1. Cook the lentils according to directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add the onion and saute for a few minutes until fragrant and golden. Add all the spices (curry paste, garam masala, curry powder, turmeric, cayenne, sugar, garlic, ginger) and stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the tomato puree; stir and simmer until smooth.
  3. Add the lentils and the cream. Stir to combine and simmer for another 15-20 minutes (the longer, the better)! Serve over rice and garnish with cilantro.

Notes

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Even better the next day! For a vegan option, sub oil for butter.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: red curry lentils, curry lentils, indian lentils