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Lentil curry served over coconut rice.

Coconut Lentil Curry with Coconut Rice

  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6
  • Diet: Vegan


Cozy and nourishing Coconut Lentil Curry with warming spices, creamy coconut milk and a boost of veggies from onion, tomatoes, bell pepper and peas. This flavorful recipe is packed with plant-based protein and fiber for the perfect, satisfying meal!


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For the lentil curry:

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons of fine sea salt
  • 1 28ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of ginger paste (or grated fresh ginger)
  • 1 15ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 cup dried lentils (I used red but brown or green would also work well!)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of frozen peas

For the coconut rice:

  • 15 ounce can of lite coconut milk
  • 1 1/4 cups of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • optional: 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of long grain rice (I like jasmine or basmati in this recipe.)


To make the lentil curry:

  1. In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Once hot, add in the garlic, onion, cumin, coriander,  turmeric and salt. Cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, ginger, and water. Cook for 5 additional minutes or until the mixture is heated through and just beginning to show steam.
  3. Mix in the lentils and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer gently for 30 minutes or until the lentils are soft and nearly cooked through. Be sure to stir during the cooking process to ensure that everything is cooking properly and the lentils aren’t sticking to the pot at all.
  4. Stir in the coconut milk, bell pepper, and frozen peas. Continue to simmer for 5-8 minutes or until the bell pepper is softened.
  5. Remove from heat and serve over the coconut rice!

To make the coconut rice:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all of the ingredients EXCEPT the rice. Heat over medium high heat until the liquid just begins to show steam.
  2. Mix in the rice and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, cover, and let cook for 15-20 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender. Stir often to avoid sticking.
  3. ENJOY!


  • To store. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container.
  • To freeze. Let the curry cool completely before transferring it to a freezer safe bag or container. Freeze for up to 2 months, and reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop after thawing it in the refrigerator.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 571
  • Sugar: 8.3 g
  • Sodium: 1213.7 mg
  • Fat: 25.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 74 g
  • Protein: 15.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: curry, lentil curry, vegan curry