This Chunky Curry’s No Side Dish!

April 22, 2022
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Red Lentil Curry

Add some basmati rice, and you've got one crazy-hearty curry.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 192 kcal
Author Mitchel Blue


  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 14.25 ounce can tomato puree


  1. Rinse the lentils in cold water until the water clears up. Put them in a pot with enough water to cover them. Get the pot boiling, then put a cover on, turn the heat down to medium-low, and simmer. Make sure to add more water in to keep the lentils covered until they're tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain the pot.

  2. Heat the veggie oil in a big skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir the onions in hot oil until they're caramelized, around 20 minutes.

  3. Mix the curry paste, curry powder, turmeric, cumin, chili powder, salt, sugar, garlic, and ginger together in a big bowl, then stir that mix into the onions. Turn the heat up to high and cook, stirring constantly, until the onions are fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.

  4. Stir the tomato puree into the skillet, then take the skillet off the heat and stir that mix into the lentils.


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