Red Lentil Curry

4 servings


45 minutes

total time


1 tablespoon refined or virgin coconut oil, (or a neutral-flavored oil)

4 cloves garlic, (minced)

2 inch piece of fresh ginger, (peeled and minced or grated)

1 tablespoon minced fresh turmeric, (or 1 teaspoon ground turmeric)

1-2 serrano peppers, diced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon Indian red chili powder

2 teaspoons curry powder

1 teaspoon garam masala

Kosher salt or sea salt to taste

Freshly cracked black pepper to taste

1 cup (180-190g) red lentils

2 cups (480 mL) low-sodium vegetable broth

1 (14-ounce / 400g) can crushed tomatoes

1 (13.5-ounce/400 mL) can full-fat coconut milk

3 tablespoons unsweetened creamy almond butter

1/2 a small lemon, (juiced)

1/2 cup (~8g) fresh cilantro, (roughly chopped)

For serving: Basmati or Jasmine rice and Indian flatbread such as roti, paratha, or naan


Rinse the lentils in cold water until the water runs clear.

Heat a large, deep skillet or large saucepan over medium-high heat and add the coconut oil. Once the oil is shimmering, add the garlic, ginger, fresh turmeric (if using), and Serrano pepper and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent garlic from burning.

Add the cumin, coriander, chili powder, curry powder, garam masala, salt, and black pepper to taste, and cook for 30 to 60 seconds until fragrant, tossing frequently to prevent burning. If using ground turmeric instead of fresh turmeric, add the ground turmeric now, along the the rest of the spices.

Pour in the vegetable broth, and use a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Add in the lentils and the crushed tomatoes and mix well. Reduce the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the lentils are cooked through and have mostly softened. If you find that the lentils are not quite soft after 25 minutes, add a few spoons more of broth or water and cook for another 5 minutes.

Remove the lid and stir in the coconut milk, almond butter, along with salt and pepper to taste Continue cooking on low heat, uncovered for 5 to 8 minutes, until the curry has thickened and is creamy.

Finally, stir in the lemon juice and cilantro, and turn off the heat. If you want your lentils to even creamier and more on the puréed side, use an immersion blender to lightly purée the curry.

Serve the curry with rice and/or Indian flatbread and garnish with additional cilantro. Store leftovers in the fridge for 3-4 days.


Serving Size



517 kcal

Total Fat

32 g

Saturated Fat

22 g

Unsaturated Fat

7 g

Trans Fat





164 mg

Total Carbohydrate

45 g

Dietary Fiber

19 g

Total Sugars

7 g


19 g

4 servings


45 minutes

total time
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