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Easy Red Lentil Curry

Easy Red Lentil Curry


  • One Pot/Pan

Vegetarian cooking never tasted so good!

  • 30
  • Serves 4
  • Easy



This Easy Red Lentil Curry also known as Red Lentil Dhal is  very popular Vegetarian dish that hails from India.

Easy Red Lentil Curry

I try to eat Vegetarian dishes at least 3 times per week and this dish is one of our favorites. 

It is also cheap to make and very healthy for you. 

Made with red lentils, tomatoes, masala curry and a ton of other spices.

You can prepare this dish all in one pot on the stove or in your slow cooker/pressure cooker.

Easy Red Lentil Curry

If you have never cooked with dry red lentils before, you will soon learn that they cook quickly.

They are not like other raw beans such as kidney beans or chickpeas that take hours of soaking to prepare.

I prepared this on the stovetop this time, however have tried it in my pressure cooker and even my slow cooker and it turns out the same. 


Yes, this dish is %100 Vegetarian but you would not know it, because it’s soooo GOOD!! 

Once you try this recipe, you will be hooked.


Yes, it defiantly can be frozen and also makes from some healthy meal preps!

And if you have a meat eating man or kids in the house who swear that Vegetarian food can’t be good.

Just wait till they try this recipe!

Easy Red Lentil Curry

This dish has a wonderful depth of smells and flavor that you’re sure to remember, red lentils never tasted so good!

I have experimented with plenty of curries for some time now, so you can trust me when I say this recipe is a sure winner.

Now you will want to go down the ethnic food aisle in your local grocery to pick up some “Masala Curry” which is the right kind of powder that is really needed for this recipe.

Then you will add just a few more traditional indian spices that will make this dish absolutely amazing.

Also if your not to familiar with dried fenugreek leaves, then I encourage you taking a stroll down your groceries ethnic for those as well.

Easy Red Lentil Curry

They are sure to have it there somewhere, however if you cannot find them feel free to use cilantro instead.

Who said it takes a chef to make real indian curry? Obviously never was in your kitchen.


Cooking methods:

  • Simmer on a low-medium heat for 1 hour on the stovetop
  • Cook in the pressure cooker around 10 minutes or depending on your instructions
  • Cook in the slow cooker from 8-10 hours.

Be sure to make some basmati rice to serve alongside or if you really want to make it extra special go ahead and make some homemade Naan Bread.

Easy Red Lentil Curry

If your a CURRY lover like me. Then you will want to try these dishes below!


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Easy Red Lentil Curry

Easy Red Lentil Curry

Yield: 4
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Lentils never tasted so good!


  • 250g Red Lentils, rinsed and washed
  • 2 fresh tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter or ghee
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ginger minced
  • Spices
  • 1 tbsp Garam masala
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fenugreek leaves


  1. Start by bringing a large pot of salted water to a boil, you want just enough water to cover the red lentils.
  2. Turn down the heat and simmer till soft.
  3. With a spoon remove the froth then strain (saving 1/2 cup of liquid) and set the lentils aside.
  4. Next, in a large frying pan add the butter or ghee along with the dried cumin, chili powder and bay leaf.
  5. Along with the chopped onion, garlic and ginger. Saute till browned then add in the chopped tomatoes and remaining spices.
  6. Add all the lentils and 1/2 cup of lentil water to the sauce.
  7. Season with salt to taste and enjoy!


Serve with basmati rice or naan bread.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 339Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 702mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 9gSugar: 5gProtein: 17g

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Ive just made and eaten the Red Lentil Curry. Absolutely delicious. My husband doesn’t like vegetarian food but he said this was very tasty and he wouldn’t mind eating it again! What a result. Yum!

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