red lentils curry

Creamy Red Lentil Curry

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This Creamy Red Lentil Curry is one of my favorite dishes because it’s super flavorful, nutritious, protein-packed, and you can make it in a blink of an eye.

I have always loved lentils. In my childhood, we would have instapot yellow curry at least twice a week. I come from a very religious family (although I am not), and my dad used to tell my four siblings and me the parable of the prodigal son repeatedly. Being the second son, I kept thinking about that bowl of lentils and the incredible real estate value it had, moreover… why?

red lentils curry
red lentils curry

Later, I understood that lentils are probably amongst the more beloved foods worldwide for many reasons. They are incredibly nutritious, versatile, delicious, cheap, available, protein-packed, there’s a wide variety of them, and unlike other grains, they cook fast, and I can go on and on.

Then I started embracing a plant-based lifestyle and began glorifying them even more. There is nothing lentils can’t do for you, or you can’t make out of them!

What to make with Lentils?

You can make stews, salads, hamburgers, meat-less mousakas, sprouted lentils, dips, soups, pasta.

There are several lentils recipes on this site already; they are a vegans’ best friend.

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red lentils curry

Over the years, I have found myself making them in very different ways. We both love Asian food, and Thai and Indian Cuisines are amongst our Top 5. So, I came out with this fusion: an Indian Lentils dhal, made with Thai Yellow Curry: a blast!

In general, red and split lentils are better for making Dhal (Indian Style) Lentils because the cook faster and turn out creamier.

4 Health benefits of Red Lentils

  • Yellow and red lentils are split and cook quickly. They’re great for making daal and have a somewhat sweet and nutty flavor.
  • Brown, green, yellow, red, or black — lentils are low in calories, rich in iron and folate, and an excellent protein source.
  • They pack health-promoting polyphenols and may reduce several heart disease risk factors.
  • They’re quickly cooked in 5–20 minutes, which — like soaking — reduces their antinutrient content.
red lentils curry
red lentils curry

4 Tips to make your Curry Perfect!

The Spiciness: If you want to make it spicier, add ½ tablespoon of curry paste and try again. Curry paste is full of flavor so go easy on it, the good thing is that it is easily adjustable. You can also boost the spiciness by adding extra fresh ginger or powder. Also, if you don’t have the Yellow Curry Paste but have a Green or Red one, give it a try. Yellow curry has a milder flavor, so just make sure you start with less paste and adjust later.

The Creaminess: I like to keep the calorie count low, so the suggested amount of coconut milk here is half of a regular-sized can. If you want it creamier and with a stronger coconut flavor, you can double the amount (use the whole can).

Texture and Color: Red Lentils are very delicate, so make sure you don’t cook them for more than 10-15 minutes, otherwise, they will lose both their shape and their color.

Herbs: Many people don’t like Cilantro (Coriander). It’s genetics (crazy right). I love it, so I usually add a bunch of it at the end of the cooking. We recently moved to Italy and I have not been able to find it here, but if you have cilantro and like it, go for it!

It is a great idea to add Turmeric to your Curry, it provides more than flavor.

Note or Curcumin’s Absorption and Black Pepper

Is essential to add a bit of black pepper whenever consuming curcumin in order to boost its absorption. Both, black and white pepper contain piperine which is the active component that fulfills this role.

Most studies relate specifically black pepper to the consumption of curcumin. White pepper contains as much peperine as black pepper, suggesting it may also enhance curcumin’s absorption, I was not able to find a study that directly links the two, so I would stick to black pepper.

Red Pepper comes from a different plant and contains minimal amounts of piperine.

red lentils curry
red lentils curry

How to cook lentils

Lentils are easy to cook. Just rinse them under running water once to clean them. Put them to boil with four times their volume of water, and that is it for a base for other things as dips and warm salads.

Alternatively, you can stir fry some garlic and onion and add the lentils and water directly on top of the “sofrito,” and just add some spices and herbs, such as curry, and turmeric, salt, and pepper.

I hope you find this vegan red lentil curry recipe as enjoyable as it is for us, to make it to your table once a week!

red lentils curry
red lentils curry

More Lentils and Curry Recipes?

Gorgonzola Lentils Salad

Curried Lentils Soup

Thai Fresh Vegan Red Curry

Let’s get Cooking… these are the ingredients you need to make a delicious Creamy Red Lentil Curry!

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red lentils curry

Creamy Red Lentil Curry

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This Creamy Red Lentil Curry is one of my favorite dishes because it’s super flavorful, nutritious, protein-packed, and you can make it in a blink of an eye.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Vegan
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 404 kcal

Equipment

  • Casserole

Ingredients
 
 

Optional:

Instructions
 

  • If having rice with your lentils, put it to boil with three cups of water and 1 tsp of salt. It will take 10-15 minutes and be ready when your lentils are.
  • Chop your spring onions and bell peppers in massive cuts. Remember that reducing your vegetables’ surface exposure to the heat keeps more of their nutrients. Feel free to add any other leftover veggies you have, such as broccoli or cauliflower stems.
  • In a pan, stir fry your veggies with the coconut oil for 3 minutes and add the yellow curry paste.
  • Add the coconut milk and all the spices. Let the mixture simmer for another 2 minutes.
  • Add the lentils along with 4 cups of water, stir twice during the 10 minutes it will take to be ready.

Nutrition

Calories: 404kcalCarbohydrates: 68gProtein: 20gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 785mgPotassium: 789mgFiber: 21gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 814IUVitamin C: 36mgCalcium: 64mgIron: 6mg
Keyword curry, lentil
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Nutrition Facts
Creamy Red Lentil Curry
Amount per Serving
Calories
404
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6
g
9
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Sodium
 
785
mg
34
%
Potassium
 
789
mg
23
%
Carbohydrates
 
68
g
23
%
Fiber
 
21
g
88
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
20
g
40
%
Vitamin A
 
814
IU
16
%
Vitamin C
 
36
mg
44
%
Calcium
 
64
mg
6
%
Iron
 
6
mg
33
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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