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Vegan One-Pot Green Lentil Curry

Prep

15 minutes

Cook

35 minutes

Yield

4

Does anyone love curry as much as I do? It’s so easy-to-make but NEVER falls short of bold flavor. This vegan one-pot green lentil curry is exactly that. It’s creamy, full of flavor you love in a curry, but still healthy and only takes 50-minutes to make. I think you’re really going to love this recipe for wintertime. It’ll warm you up on a cold day, and your whole family will love it!

Why you’ll love this green lentil curry:

  • Takes less than an hour to make
  • Packed with protein from the lentils 
  • Made in one-pot (or could be made in an instant pot)
  • Vegan-friendly 
  • Super flavorful 

Green Lentil Curry in a serving dish with a serving spoon.

Green Lentil Curry in a serving dish with two hands holding it.

How do you make green lentil curry?

People always think curries must be hard to make because there is so much flavor in them, but you’re in luck, they aren’t! This recipe is simple and can be made in just a few steps. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Heat a large pot on medium heat before adding the coconut oil.  Heat for 30 seconds then sauté the ginger, onion and garlic
  2. Sweat it out for around 5- 6 minutes, watching closely to avoid burning or heavy browning
  3. To the pot, add the green curry paste, coconut milk, turmeric, curry powder, seasoning, lentils, soy sauce and brown sugar
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil then simmer with the lid on for 30 minutes
  5. At the last minute, add in the lime juice and cook for another few minutes
  6. Serve with fresh cilantro and lime on a bed of hot rice or rice noodles

Green Lentil Curry in a serving dish with two hands holding it.

Close up of Green Lentil Curry with fresh herbs on top.

What kind of lentils should I use?

For this recipe, I used green lentils, but as you might know, there are so many types of lentils out there that can be really overwhelming. Lentils are an inexpensive way to get a wide range of nutrients, which as someone who eats primarily plant-based, this is why I love them. They’re packed with things like B vitamins, magnesium, zinc, and potassium. Lentils also have a ton of protein which makes them a great meat alternative and they fill you up!

Green lentils, next to brown lentils, are the most popular types. These types cook quickly and split and fall apart when cooked through which adds a great thickness and texture to soups and stews (or curries). Since these usually fall apart, they aren’t great for when you want whole lentils like for salads, but they work great in recipes like this green lentil curry.

I seriously hope you love this recipe as much as I. If you do, leave a review and comment below. I love to hear from you! xo

Green Lentil Curry in a serving dish with two hands holding it.

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Vegan One-Pot Green Lentil Curry

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Vegan Meals
  • Cuisine: Indian Inspired
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This creamy, vegan green lentil curry can be made in one-pot in less than an hour. Perfect to warm you up on a cold winter day.


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Ingredients

2 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp. minced ginger

1 small onion, thinly sliced

34 garlic cloves, pressed

4 tbsp. store bought green curry paste

2 cans of whole fat coconut milk

2 tsp. ground turmeric

1 tbsp. curry powder

season to taste

1 can of green lentils, washed and drained

1 tbsp. soy sauce

2 tbsp. brown sugar

juice of half a lime

serve with: more lime and fresh cilantro


Instructions

Heat a large pot on medium heat before adding the coconut oil.  Heat for 30 seconds then sautee the ginger, onion and garlic.  Sweat it out for around 5- 6 minutes, watching closely to avoid burning or heavy browning.

To the pot, add the green curry paste, coconut milk, turmeric, curry powder, seasoning, lentils, soy sauce and brown sugar.

Bring the mixture to a boil then simmer with the lid on for 30 minutes.

At the last minute, add in the lime juice and cook for another few minutes.

Serve with fresh cilantro and lime on a bed of hot rice or rice noodles.


Notes

You could also use vegetable oil.

If you are GF, use Tamari instead of soy sauce.

I recommend a traditional Green Curry Paste from a Thai Grocery Market.

Keywords: recipe, coconut, soup, Thai, instant, pot

Olivia

So creamy and delicious loved how easy it was so make

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you!!

Roberta Bertoll

I made this and enjoyed it with naan bread, it was great!

Maria Koutsogiannis

So glad you loved this!

Henry Peters

The spices and flavours in this are just perfect!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Henry!

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