Easy Curried Lentils

Can we just take a minute to talk about how awesome lentils are? They’re a nutritional powerhouse, loaded with tons of protein and fiber, naturally gluten free & vegan, and they’re super cheap! Keep a jar of lentils in your pantry for one of those nights when you’re out of ideas… and then make these easy curried lentils!

This curried lentil soup is a budget friendly dinner recipe that is also vegan and gluten free!

One thing I love about this dish is that it really is built on pantry staples. You don’t need a ton of fresh produce so you’ll probably have things on hand to make this at any time. And while lentils do take a little time to cook, this recipe is pretty hands-off. That means you can prep it, get it on the stove, and have the kitchen all cleaned up before dinner is served! These are my favorite types of recipes.

This curried lentil soup is a budget friendly dinner recipe that is also vegan and gluten free!

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Adapted from the America's Test Kitchen Curried Lentil Soup Recipe
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small, white onion, diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (or 2 fresh cloves)
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup green lentils, washed and picked over
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat
  2. Add the diced onion and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the minced garlic and curry powder and cook for 30 more seconds.
  4. Add the tomatoes and bay leaf and cook for another minute.
  5. Add the lentils and salt and cook for 8 more minutes.
  6. Turn the heat to high and add all the vegetable broth and water.
  7. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and let simmer for about 30-35 minutes, until the lentils become soft.
  8. Remove the bay leaf.
  9. Using an immersion blender, blend part of the soup so the broth thickens, but leave the soup chunky. If you don' thave an immersion blender, take 3 cups of soup out and blend it, then add it back in.
  10. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

This curried lentil soup is a budget friendly dinner recipe that is also vegan and gluten free!

I know summer isn’t typically soup weather but I love soup year round. This recipe also reheats really well, so it’s a great thing to prepare at the beginning of the week and packΒ for lunch!

These easy curried lentils are a budget friendly dinner recipe that is also vegan and gluten free!

I made this last week and packed up my leftovers for lunch. I love that the protein and fiber in this can actually keep me full until dinner!

Looking for a different way to use lentils? Try these Moroccan Spiced Lentils!

moroccan lentil stew bowl

What’s your favorite way to use lentils?

Linking up with Meatless MondayΒ & Marvelous Monday!


  1. This sounds amazing!

  2. Hi Liz! I found your blog from the Meatless Monday’s linkup with Deborah.

    This soup sounds amazing. It’s weird – I love lentil soup and will order it any time I go out when they have it on the menu but I have not yet made my own. I’ll have to try yours, it sounds really tasty. πŸ™‚

    I saw on your about me you’re vegetarian and that veganism wasn’t for you but if you have any vegan recipes (like this tasty soup) you’d like to share, I’d love it of you linked up to our Healthy Vegan Fridays party too if you get a chance. I’m all about sharing the veg love. πŸ™‚

    Pinning the recipe to try it soon!

    • Oh, awesome! I still make tons of vegan recipes so I’ll definitely join the link up! Thanks for stopping by!! πŸ™‚

  3. i LOVE lentils!! So stinkin good. Funny story, I have curry powder and have no idea how to use it. How perfect is this recipe for me?? Though it means having to turn on my stove, which Im not too fond of right now. Too freaking hot!

    • Haha I totally understand! We JUST got air conditioning in our house (our old house didn’t have it before!) so it’s made A HUGE difference! Now I can actually enjoy soup again πŸ˜‰

  4. I’ve tried to like lentils but I just don’t. They really upset my tummy. I did find a lentil soup I liked once at a Moroccan restaurant in Portland.

  5. I always have a few bags of lentils in the cabinet, they really are so nutritious and so simple to prepare! I love soup all year as well, this curry is calling my name!

  6. I recently have discovered my love for lentils and we recently made a soup very similar to this. I love how nutritious they are and how simple they are to make. Even my 2 year old son will eat them.

  7. Yum! I just read another lentil recipe today that looked delicious! I guess I need to buy some lentils haha!

  8. I love lentils as well and I’ve been eating them a lot for the iron. I love to throw the leftovers into my omelets. It sounds weird but it’s good!

  9. I have a confession: I don’t like lentils. That said, one of my missions for this summer is to find a way that I will like them! I want to try this and see!

    • Have you ever had them in a salad? I know so people don’t like them heated up but they like them cold!

  10. Never mind that I just ate because this is making me hungry again. I like lentils but don’t eat them often enough, much less green ones as I usually have the red kind at hand. But variety is the spice of life so I guess I really need to change that up this year.

  11. I love lentils but rarely make them. Which is silly I know because they really are easy. Thanks for the recipe. It looks delicious.

  12. Believe it or not, I’ve never actually had lentils! Maybe with a recipe, I’ll be ready to make some! Thanks for the idea! Looks delicious!

    • Oh wow! You should totally give them a try! They’re a great vegetarian option because they sort of have that heartiness that you get from meat!

  13. I love curry, so these look absolutely delicious! Need to try soon! πŸ™‚

  14. I LOVE lentils!! They’re so delicious and satisfying! And i also love how inexpensive they are! And they’re loaded with plants based protein!! SO good! πŸ™‚ On my vegan challenge I’ve rediscovered my love of lentils! This recipe looks so satisfying and delicious! Thanks for sharing Liz!!
    xoxo Cailee!

  15. I think lentils are a year-round food too! Plus, it still gets chilly here at night so it totally works.

    The curry idea is great too – I love anything Indian-inspired!

  16. looks delicious! i need to do more meatless meals.

  17. I’ve always been a huge fan of lentils. Luckily my ex-boyfriend hated them which was awesome, I never had to share any of my lentil based recipes or food with him, maybe that why we didn’t work out! πŸ™‚ This curry looks scrumptious

    • Hahaha more lentils for you! My husband will eat lentils with me so that makes dinner easier, but we don’t have as many leftovers! πŸ™‚

  18. I love Lentil soup and this recipe looks delicious!!! I am looking forward to trying it, thanks for sharing!!

  19. Oh these look so good! I wish I had some right now to throw on top of a sweet potato! Thank you for linking up with us for Meatless Monday!

  20. I love lentils and I love making curry out of everything…why did I never think of combining the two?! This looks delish – totally saving the recipe!

  21. Lentils are the best! I just had some for dinner tonight…in a veggie burger. πŸ™‚

    I love how simple this recipe is and it looks delicious!

  22. Plant based protein and the flavor of curry. It doesn’t get much better than that.

  23. I was just chatting with a friend of mine about lentils and curry. I like lentils a lot so this might be something I want to try.

  24. These look amazing. Lentils really are one of my go-to foods because of how delicious and healthy they are for veg heads!

  25. These look good Liz, because I need to use the lentils we have, and I love curry. I could imagine putting this over rice. Curry is one of my favorite flavors.

  26. I’ve basically been living off of lentils recently. Can’t wait to give this a try πŸ™‚

  27. I haven’t made lentils in SO long! You’ve totally convinced me to buy some again!

  28. These look delicious! I love curry and I love lentils…never thought to make them at home but always order them out. This is simple enough that I definitely want to try it for a family meal.

  29. I have everything in my pantry Liz, gotta try this delicious dish. It snowed this morning, this is the perfect easy bowlful for a snowy night!


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