Easy peasy lentil curry

Easy peasy lentil curry

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(93 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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24th Jun, 2011
I've made this curry several times now and it has been a hit every time. I use fresh veg (plus a few frozen peas) sweet potato works really well, and I usually use carrots and parsnip but can adapt to any combination of veg you like. I also add slightly more curry paste. Freezes well... if there's any left over.
21st May, 2011
not so much a curry as frozen veg and a can of lentils cooked in very mildly spiced water. wouldn't do this again
24th Feb, 2011
Very nice but substituted frozen stew pack as couldn't find any at Tesco. Would be interested to know where you can get from. Used fresh mushrooms, carrots and sweet potato. Would make again.
10th Jan, 2011
Yummy! I used madras curry powder and some water to make a paste as well as using fresh vegetables instead of frozen. Tasted it towards the end and it was delicious but added some greek yogurt to it as I needed to use it up which was possibly even nicer!
3rd Sep, 2010
Im a vegetarian and i added some quorn chicken and less vegetables and it was delicious! definately a great cheap meal!
16th Aug, 2010
I followed the recipe pretty much to the letter, apart from leaving out the raisins. It was fairly successful, though could have done with a bit more depth of flavour. Maybe extra curry paste would do the trick. The lentils got a bit lost, but it was a wholesome (and filling) eating experience! Ideal for freezing.
16th Aug, 2010
Very tasty and easy to make :-) I added some aubergine but you could add anything you wanted really. Was lovely the next day and also froze/re-heated well. Will definitely make again!
27th Jul, 2010
having a large family it's very hard to find something they all love, well this one hit the nail on the head!!! i doubled up on everything though as there's too may of us, but it tasted fantastic!!
12th Jun, 2010
Had this for early dinner today - was excellent especially as the ingredients can all be pulled out of the back of the cupboard or freezer! I made it with fresh ginger and mushrooms with frozen peas and also feel it needed extra spice so added plenty of chilli powder!
28th Apr, 2010
I made this as a side dish with the rice and some chicken and it was really lovely. I could have just eaten it on it's own but my hubby has to have his meat!!! Even my 6 year old loved it. A real success.


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