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Easy Curried Lentils

Easy Curried Lentils

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  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


These easy curried lentils are packed with spices for a delicious flavor! This recipe is a budget friendly dinner that is also vegan and gluten-free! Try this for your next meatless meal!


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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small, yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup green or brown lentils, washed and picked over
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • Salt to taste


  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat
  2. Add the diced onion and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the garlic, curry powder, cumin, and turmeric and cook for one minute.
  4. Add the tomatoes and lentils and cook for another minute.
  5. Add the bay leaf and vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for about 30-35 minutes, until the lentils become soft.
  6. Remove the bay leaf and season with salt to taste.


This post was originally published in June 2016. Updated November 2023.