Red Lentil Curry

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This red lentil curry recipe only requires 30 minutes to cook. It’s delicious, simple, creamy—and you can make this delicious curry with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry!

Serve your curry over a bed of rice, quinoa, etc. However you serve up this vegan lentil curry, it is going to tickle your tastebuds.

Red lentils have a nice quick cook time, so we always keep them stocked in our pantry for quick vegan dinner ideas.

This Red Lentil Curry is…

  • Full of curry flavor
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Easy
  • Quick dinner
  • Better than takeout
  • Gluten-free
  • Made with coconut cream

How to Make Red Lentil Curry 

how to make vegan red lentil curry collage
  • Grab a large pan and heat oil over medium heat. Toss in the onions and sauté them.
  • Add in the garlic clove and ginger; sauté till both are fragrant.
  • Now add in the tomato, brown sugar, curry, garam masala, and cayenne. Mix until incorporated.
  • Pour in the lentils and vegetable broth. Stir and cover with a lid, then cook on low.
  • Cook until the lentils are fully cooked. Remove from heat and stir in the coconut cream. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve and enjoy this red lentil curry.

Tips and Tricks 

pouring cream into vegan red lentil curry

Quality Pan 

I recommend using a quality pan when you are making lentils. You’ll want to use a heavy-bottom pot or pan that will cook your lentil curry mixture evenly.

Rinse Lentils 

Make sure to rinse your red lentils in cold water and remove any that don’t look good. Then simply drain off the water and add lentils into the recipe.

Garlic Press 

I have found that a garlic press is a huge help when it comes to getting freshly minced garlic for recipes. A garlic press gives you minced garlic in seconds!

Alternately, you can use a lemon zest to “mince” the garlic as well.



  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ inch ginger knob peeled and minced
  • 1 ¼ cup tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 ½ Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 ½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ cup coconut cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped parsley


  • Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft and slightly caramelized, around 7 minutes.
    vegan red lentil curry
  • Add the garlic clove and ginger and sauté for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
    vegan red lentil curry
  • Add the tomato, brown sugar, curry powder, garam masala, and cayenne pepper; stir to incorporate.
    vegan red lentil curry
  • Add the lentils and the vegetable broth and stir.
    vegan red lentil curry
  • Cover with a lid and bring to a gentle simmer. Reduce the heat down to low and cook for 20 minutes, stirring at the 10 minute mark.
    vegan red lentil curry
  • Remove from heat and stir in the coconut cream.
    vegan red lentil curry
  • Season with salt and pepper, and serve.
    vegan red lentil curry


Calories: 393kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 14gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 1349mgPotassium: 858mgFiber: 17gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 976IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 6mg
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