Cooking Tips + Kitchen Tips Red Lentils

Published on November 19th, 2010 | by Rachel Fox, RD


Curried Lentils

I think I have mentioned before how much I love lentils. Here is my new favorite spicy lentil dish: Curried Lentils.

I made a similar recipe with chicken a few years back. The veggie lover in me decided to give the recipe a spicy legume twist and substitute lentils. I used red lentils because they cook faster than brown lentils due to the absence of skin.


1 tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, pressed through a garlic press or minced

1 1/2 tsp curry powder

16 oz vegetable broth

1 1/2 cups dried red lentil

14.5 oz can diced tomatoes (fresh may also be used)

Season to taste with: red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper


Heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute onion for 2 minutes, add garlic, cook for 3 more. Stir in curry powder, cook for 1 minute.

Slowly add vegetable broth. Spoon in dried lentil. Stir until evenly combined. Cook for 7-10 min, or until liquid is almost gone.

Add tomatoes, undrained. If using fresh, add one cup water. Season to taste with above listed spices. Cook until lentils are soft, stir occasionally. Additional water may be needed as lentils cook down.

Enjoy this with whole wheat pita or tortilla. It is spicily delicious! Mmmm.

Health Benefits:

Lentils are high in fiber and protein. They are the ultimate vegetarian protein source. Curry powder has also been linked with cancer prevention. Enjoy!

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About the Author

Rachel is a Registered Dietitian and food and nutrition enthusiast from southeast Michigan. She has her Bachelor's in Dietetics from Central Michigan University and completed her dietetic internship at Michigan State University. Rachel aspires to get a Master's of Public Health in the near future. Her passions include cooking, baking, and even grocery shopping. She supports local food, slow food, and good food! Rachel's spare time is devoted to attending local concerts and festivals, reading and playing tennis.

4 Responses to Curried Lentils

  1. I love lentils! There is a garam masala lentil dip at Trader Joe’s that I’ve been wanting to try to replicate. This recipe might be a good jumping off point!

  2. Ben says:

    This was perfectly written! I didn’t make any changes, and it turned out to have an amazing flavor. I will definitely be making this again.

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