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Vegan Red Lentil Curry

Vegan Indian red lentil curry
Vegan red lentil curry

Amidst the vibrant streets of Mumbai, the intoxicating medley of spices and the sizzle of street food stalls draw me into a sensory wonderland. There, I uncover a culinary treasure that celebrates the rich tapestry of Indian flavours – Vegan Lentil Curry.

In the heart of a bustling bazaar, I sit at a modest eatery, eager to indulge in this plant-based delight. The aroma of cumin, coriander, and turmeric fills the air as the curry simmers in a cauldron of earthy lentils and a chorus of vegetables. This vibrant and aromatic concoction beckons me closer, promising a symphony of taste that transcends boundaries.

As I take the first spoonful, the explosion of flavours dances upon my palate. The lentils, tender and hearty, merge effortlessly with the medley of spices, creating a melody that sings of ancient culinary wisdom. The vegetables, bathed in the vibrant curry sauce, add a burst of freshness and colour to this vegan masterpiece.

This Vegan Lentil Curry is a celebration of India's rich culinary heritage, embracing the art of plant-based cuisine without compromising on the depth and complexity of flavours. It is a testament to the belief that food, at its core, is an expression of culture, a universal language that unites us all.

So, let us embark on this vegan adventure and delve into the art of crafting a Lentil Curry that tantalises the taste buds and warms the soul.

Vegan Lentil Curry Recipe for 4 People


- 1 cup dried red lentils, rinsed and drained

- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

- 1 large onion, finely chopped

- 3 cloves garlic, minced

- 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, grated

- 1 tablespoon curry powder

- 1 teaspoon ground cumin

- 1 teaspoon ground coriander

- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

- 1 can (400g) diced tomatoes

- 1 can (400ml) coconut milk

- 2 cups vegetable broth or water

- 2 cups mixed vegetables (e.g., carrots, bell peppers, peas, spinach), diced or chopped

- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

- Fresh cilantro, for garnish

- Cooked rice or naan bread, for serving


1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the finely chopped onion and sauté until it becomes soft and translucent.

2. Stir in the minced garlic and grated ginger, cooking for another minute until their fragrances meld with the onions.

3. Add the curry powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, and ground turmeric to the pot, stirring everything together to create a fragrant spice base.

4. Pour in the diced tomatoes with their juices, followed by the rinsed red lentils. Mix everything well to coat the lentils in the aromatic spice mixture.

5. Add the vegetable broth or water to the pot, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the curry simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the lentils are tender and cooked through.

6. Pour in the coconut milk and add the mixed vegetables to the curry. Simmer for another 10 minutes, allowing the flavours to meld and the vegetables to become tender.

7. Season the Vegan Lentil Curry with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

8. Serve the curry hot, garnished with freshly chopped cilantro. Accompany it with cooked rice or naan bread to soak up the aromatic goodness.

Equipment Needed:

- Large pot or Dutch oven

- Cutting board and knife for chopping onions, garlic, ginger, and vegetables

Commonly Made Mistakes and Points of Care:

1. Rinsing Lentils: Rinse the red lentils thoroughly under cold running water to remove any debris or impurities before using them in the curry.

2. Consistency of Curry: Adjust the amount of vegetable broth or water to achieve the desired consistency of the curry. If it becomes too thick, add a little more liquid; if too thin, simmer the curry for a few more minutes to reduce it.

3. Vegetable Selection: Choose a variety of vegetables that complement the flavours of the curry. Carrots, bell peppers, peas, and spinach are great options, but feel free to experiment with your favourite vegetables.

4. Spice Level: Adjust the spices to suit your preference. If you prefer a spicier curry, you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a chopped chilli pepper.

5. Coconut Milk: Use full-fat coconut milk for a creamier and richer texture in the curry. Light coconut milk may result in a less luscious consistency.

6. Seasoning: Taste the curry as it cooks and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as needed. Remember that the flavours will intensify as the curry simmers.

Embrace the captivating flavours of Vegan Lentil Curry, a dish that transcends cultural boundaries and showcases the beauty of plant-based cuisine. Revel in the culinary adventure that awaits, and allow the harmony of lentils and spices to leave an indelible mark on your taste buds. Bon appétit!

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