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A pot filled with creamy coconut lentil curry with some cilantro on the top.

Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 55 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian

Description

This easy to make Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry is a healthy vegan recipe that makes a perfect Meatless Monday dinner recipe. It takes less than an hour (mostly hands-off time) to make and is packed full of delicious Indian flavors. Make extras and you’ll have a giant smile on your face at lunch the next day.


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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon each: cumin seeds and coriander seeds
  • 1 head of garlic, chopped (1012 cloves)
  • 1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 cup dried brown lentils
  • 12 teaspoons cayenne powder, optional
  •  3 cups of water
  • 1 15-ounce can coconut milk
  • A few handfuls of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large pot or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cumin and coriander seeds and toast until they start to brown, about 45 seconds. Add the garlic to the pot and let it brown, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the can of crushed tomatoes, ginger, turmeric, and sea salt to the pot and cook, stirring the pot a few times, for 5 minutes. Add the lentils and, if using, the cayenne powder, and the water to the pot and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for 35-40 minutes, or until the lentils are soft. Stir the pot a few times to prevent the lentils from sticking to the bottom. If the curry starts to look dry, add an extra 1/2 – 1 cup of water.
  3. Once the lentils are soft and the curry is thick, add the coconut milk and cherry tomatoes and bring the pot back to a simmer. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the cilantro.

Notes

Pair with steamed basmati rice or cauliflower rice

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