Easy One Pot Red Lentil Curry With No Tomatoes

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Introducing the ultimate vegan comfort food: One Pot Red Lentil Curry. This dish is a symphony of flavors and spices, all cooked together in one pot for maximum convenience and minimum cleanup. The creamy coconut milk and hearty red lentils make for a satisfying and nutritious meal that is sure to please.

Perfect for those busy weeknights, this dish can be on the table in under 30 minutes, and leftovers can be enjoyed for days to come. Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or just looking to add more plant-based meals to your diet, this One Pot Red Lentil Curry is sure to become a staple in your kitchen.

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Storage and reheating instructions for One Pot Red Lentil Curry

To store this vegan Red Lentil Curry, place leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 7 days. To reheat, gently warm on the stovetop or in the microwave. You may need to add a splash of water or coconut milk to loosen the consistency as it thickens in the fridge. Enjoy your delicious, homemade vegan curry once again!

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Can I use red lentils instead of split red lentils?

Red lentils can be used in this One Pot Red Lentil Curry recipe, however, it will change the cooking time. If you want to make this entire dish in under 30 minutes, split red lentils are a must. Red lentils take longer to cook than split red lentils. Split red lentils come from red lentils but have had their seed coating removed, and have been split in half. Most dried red lentils sold in stores are the split variety. 

What sides go well with curry?

This One Pot Red Lentil Curry is a hearty and flavorful meal on its own, but it also pairs well with a variety of sides. Some popular options include naan bread, garlic naan, roti, basmati rice, samosas, salad or chickpea salad, cucumber salad, and vegetable pakoras. For a traditional and satisfying experience, serve the curry with basmati rice and naan or roti for dipping. This way, you can enjoy every last drop of the flavorful curry without the need for utensils

The best way to serve this dish is with basmati rice, and naan or roti. Flatbread is always welcome at our table. It’s the perfect way to eat this dish without any cutlery. 

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Is this One Pot Red Lentil Curry gluten-free?

This One Pot Red Lentil Curry is not only delicious, but it’s also gluten-free, making it a great option for those with dietary restrictions. The combination of spices and coconut cream creates a satisfying and flavorful dish that is perfect for a weeknight meal or meal prep. To keep it gluten-free, serve it with rice or a gluten-free flatbread. And for an added touch of flavor, consider adding in a handful of cherry tomatoes cut in half during the cooking process.

Tip* If you like tomatoes, try adding a large handful of cherry tomatoes cut in half. Add the tomatoes at the same time as the split red lentils. 

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Adjusting the spiciness of the One Pot Red Lentil Curry

If you love a bit of heat, try adding a finely diced serrano pepper to the onion and carrot while cooking.

If you prefer a milder flavor, reduce the amount of hot chili powder or omit it altogether. Keep in mind, the coconut milk will help to cool down the spiciness of the One Pot Red Lentil Curry. Adjust the spice level to your preference, or the preference of those you’re serving it to.

Adjust the spice level to your preference (or the preference of those you’re serving it to!)

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5 from 4 votes

Easy One Pot Red Lentil Curry – No Tomatoes

A delicious one-pot meal with a satisfying blend of spices and coconut cream. It's healthy, and it comes together so quickly, making it the perfect weeknight meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main, Main Course, Soup, Soups
Cuisine: Fusion, Indian
Keyword: coconut lentil curry, easy coconut curry, easy lentil curry, easy vegan dinner, healthy one pot vegan meal, one pot lentil curry, Red Lentil Curry, red lentil dinner, vegan one pot dinner
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups dried split red lentils, thoroughly washed and drained (make sure they are split as split lentils cook faster)
  • 2 cups loosely chopped spinach (or other veggies)
  • 2 medium sized carrots, diced
  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2.5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (14 fl oz)
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp hot chili powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp sweetener of choice (organic sugar, agave or maple syrup)
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil

Garnish

  • fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp of coconut cream to drizzle on top (scoop 1 tbsp out of the can of coconut milk and set aside)

Instructions

  • In a large pot over medium heat, add the oil, carrots and onions. Cook for 3 minutes then add in the ginger, garlic and dried spices. Cook for another minute, stirring constantly to avoid burning the spices.
  • Add in the vegetable broth and red lentils. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 12 minutes.
  • Next, add in the coconut milk and spinach. Cook for another 3-5 minutes and season with salt and pepper.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro and a swirl of coconut cream (optional). Serve with rice or naan and enjoy!

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Notes

This one-pot lentil curry is the perfect vegan weeknight meal! It comes together in less than 30 minutes and is made with all plant-based wholesome ingredients. This healthy lentil curry is also perfect for meal prep as it gets better with time, and lasts in the fridge for up to a week! 
How long does lentil curry last in the fridge?
This plant-based red lentil curry lasts in the fridge for 4-7 days. It should be stored in an airtight container. It’s best not to freeze this curry as the coconut milk tends to separate when frozen and de-thawed. 
Can I use red lentils instead of split red lentils?
Red lentils can be used in this recipe, however it will change the cooking time. If you want to make this entire dish in under 30 minutes, split red lentils are a must. 
Red lentils take longer to cook than split red lentils. Split red lentils come from red lentils but have had their seed coating removed, and have been split in half. Most dried red lentils sold in stores are the split variety. 
What sides go well with curry?
  • Naan Bread
  • Garlic Naan
  • Roti
  • Basmati Rice 
  • Samosas
  • Salad or chickpea salad 
  • Cucumber salad 
  • Vegetable Pakoras
The best way to serve this dish is with basmati rice, and naan or roti. Flat bread is always welcome at our table. It’s the perfect way to eat this dish without any cutlery. 
Is this red lentil curry gluten free?
Yes! This one-pot curry is 100% gluten free. Serve with rice or gluten free flat bread to keep it GF friendly. 
This red lentil curry is also free of tomatoes and night shades. It’s the perfect dish for food sensitivities. Tip* If you like tomatoes, try adding a large handful of cherry tomatoes cut in half. Add the tomatoes at the same time as the split red lentils. 
Notes on the spiciness:
  • You like heat: If you have a serrano pepper or two, finely dice them and cook alongside the onion and carrot. 
  • You sweat just looking at a hot pepper: Reduce the hot chili powder to 1 tsp or remove it all together if you really can’t handle spice. 
Keep in mind, coconut milk will help cool the spice level in any dish. You can always add more, but you can’t take it away. Adjust the spice level to your preference (or the preference of those you’re serving it to!)

In conclusion, this One Pot Red Lentil Curry is a delicious, healthy, and easy vegan weeknight meal that is perfect for meal prep. It’s gluten-free, and it can be made with or without tomatoes. The spiciness can be adjusted to your preference. It can be enjoyed with a variety of sides, such as basmati rice, naan or roti. This dish is perfect for those who have food sensitivities. With a little bit of tweaking, it can suit everyone’s taste. Give it a try and enjoy the flavors of this delicious vegan curry!

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8 thoughts on “Easy One Pot Red Lentil Curry With No Tomatoes

  1. Becky says:

    5 stars
    Yum! I loved this recipe and quite easy to make, thank you so much for sharing!! 😀

  2. Courtney_Baid says:

    5 stars
    This was so so good!! Thank you! Been looking for a red lentil curry recipe with no tomatoes 🍅, I will definitely be making this again. I didn’t have any naan In the house but next time I will add that as a side 🤤

  3. Laura says:

    5 stars
    Perfect, loved this recipe so tasty!

  4. Kailey S says:

    5 stars
    This lentil curry was soooo tasty!! Loved it 🥰 I also like the heat so I added extra Serrano pepper 🌶️

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