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Easy One Pan Lentil Daal Curry

This Easy One Pan Lentil Daal Curry is the perfect Indian Restaurant-quality healthy weeknight meal that's vegetarian or vegan and dairy-free! 
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Healthy, Indian, Meal Prep
Keyword Easy One Pan Lentil Daal Curry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 246kcal
Author Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca)


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespooon mild red curry paste
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • a pinch or two of salt and pepper
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup split red lentils
  • 5 cups vegetable stock (use chicken stock if you prefer)
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 2 large handfulls fresh baby spinach
  • fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish
  • extra coconut cream for garnish, if desired


  • Heat a large deep skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil.
  • Add the onions, ginger and garlic and saute until fragrant and soft.
  • Add the curry paste, turmeric, tomato paste, and salt and pepper, and stir to combine, allowing the mixture to toast slightly over the heat for about one minute. 
  • Add the carrots, red bell pepper, and lentils and stir to coat in the spice mixture.
  • Pour in the vegetable stock and stir well, covering the pan and allowing the mixture to come to a boil.
  • Cook the lentil mixture for about 20-25 minutes, stirring regularly to prevent the bottom from burning, until the lentils are puffy and soft and begin to lose their shape. 
  • Reduce the heat to low and add the coconut milk and spinach, stirring just until combined.
  • Cover and allow the spinach to wilt for a few minutes in the hot curry.
  • Serve over steamed rice with fresh Naan bread, your favourite crusty white bread for dipping, or bakery fresh pita bread as an easy alternative to homemade Naan. 



This recipe can be made in advance for meal prep and stored in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
This recipe makes a very mild curry suitable for families with young children. If you'd like to add heat to this recipe according to your tastes, simply add a fresh chopped red chili pepper or chopped green jalapeno pepper at the same time as the onions. Add the seeds for a spicy curry, or leave the seeds out for a medium heat.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 626mg | Potassium: 589mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5545IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 4mg