Easy peasy lentil curry

Easy peasy lentil curry

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(92 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 4
Cooking with virtue; fast, cheap and healthy vegetarian lentil curry, that's also low in fat and freezable

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal432
  • fat10g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs76g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre6g
  • protein14g
  • salt1.38g
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  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 2 medium onions, cut into rough wedges



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 4 tbsp curry paste
  • 850ml vegetable stock
  • 750g stewpack frozen vegetables
  • 100g red lentil



    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

  • 200g basmati rice
  • turmeric



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • handful of raisins and roughly chopped parsley
  • poppadums and mango chutney, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the onions and cook over a high heat for about 8 minutes or until they are golden brown. Stir in the curry paste and cook for a minute. Slowly pour in a little of the stock so it sizzles, scraping any bits from the bottom of the pan. Gradually pour in the rest of the stock.

  2. Stir the frozen vegetables, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the lentils and simmer for a further 15-20 minutes or until the vegetables and lentils are cooked.

  3. While the curry is simmering, cook the rice according to the packet instructions, adding the turmeric to the cooking water. Drain well.

  4. Season the curry with salt, toss in a handful of raisins and chopped parsley, then serve with the rice, poppadums and chutney.

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7th Jan, 2016
That's so true!
29th May, 2012
Excellent, easy recipe!! The only modification I made was that I added chickpeas. So pleased with it!
16th May, 2012
One of the easiest things I've ever made. Perfect consistency, very tasty. I used a balti curry paste and for the rice I used a popular express pilau rice. The veg was just some I found in my freezer. Will become a regular in our house.
20th Apr, 2012
I've made it twice, the first time I think I made the original recipe for 4 persons. The last time I tried to make it for 1 person, and it became very dry. The taste is good though.
7th Mar, 2012
found this curry quite dull and was more like a spicy stew than a actual curry. was way too runny and could have done with probably only half the stock. very similar to the spicy root vegetable casserole which i much preferred. probably wont make again.
22nd Feb, 2012
Lovely! Great for a midweek meal. I didn't have a 'frozen' stew pack, however I did have lots of fresh veggies that I threw in (a potato, some sprouts, a leek and a small swede). I upped the amount of onion to 3 as I love onions in a curry. Will always have this on standby if I'm in a hurry :)
2nd Nov, 2011
My whole family love this recipe. Even our 2 year old! I use whatever veg we have in the fridge or freezer - spinach, carrot, peas, even sweetcorn! It's yum!
9th Oct, 2011
I used frozen veg and added spinach. I wish I had doubled the amount of lentils as 100g were lost in the dish. It look longer than the stated time for the lentils to soften. A very easy dish to make and I will definitely make it again but with a few tweaks. Delicious!
3rd Sep, 2011
A bit of a disappointment. Bland taste, nothing special. Won't make it again.
7th Jul, 2011
I used half frozen veg and half fresh and also added a tin of chick peas. My husband and i really enjoyed this dish, also so easy to make.


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