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Red Lentil Curry

This vegan red lentil curry recipe is super flavourful and easy to make with a short list of ingredients. It’s perfect for a weeknight dinner because it’s ready in just 30 minutes!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian-Inspired
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 255kcal


  • 1 cup (220 grams ) dry split red lentils
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1 (6 oz / 170 gram) can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • ½ tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or Kashmiri chili powder adjust to your spice tolerance
  • 3 cups (710 ml) vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt adjust depending on how salty your broth is
  • Optional garnishes: fresh cilantro lime slices


  • Place the lentils in a strainer and rinse under cool water. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Fry the onion until soft and transparent then add the ginger and garlic and fry for another 30 seconds to a minute until soft and fragrant.
  • Add the tomato paste and stir well. Fry, stirring frequently, until the tomato paste darkens slightly in color - about 2 minutes. Add in the curry powder, cayenne pepper and garam masala and cook, stirring, for another minute or until the spices are fragrant.
  • Add in the lentils, vegetable broth and salt. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and partially cover the pot with the lid.
  • Simmer gently until the lentils are tender and most of the broth is absorbed - about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Serve with rice and garnish with fresh cilantro and a slice of lime, if desired.
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Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1294mg | Potassium: 515mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 620IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 4mg
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