Easy peasy lentil curry

Easy peasy lentil curry

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(96 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


  • 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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11th Aug, 2009
really easy to make and really delicious, i added extra curry paste and cardamom pods and my husband was really sceptical but ended up having seconds. i will definately make again
10th Aug, 2009
beautiful even my fussy husband loved it. I never used the paste i used curry powder and added a little low fat cream cheese at the end
8th Aug, 2009
Made this for my hubby and myself for a curry tonight instead of ordering a take away - (if it lasts that long I keep having a spoonful everytime I walk past!!!) Delicious, easy and cheap!!! I added some mushrooms too YUM YUM!!
8th Jun, 2009
Hard to believe the great taste of this cheats curry. I tried adding frozen peas and garlic and left it to slowly simmer for an extra 15 minutes to thicken the sauce. It's really tasty and so easy.
6th Jun, 2009
Really easy, I used fresh veg - it's a 'use up whatever is left in the fridge type recipes'. Will definitely make again.
23rd Feb, 2009
Just made this for dinner, used tikka paste and I added some fresh vegetables (mushrooms, green beans, broccoli, carrots and sweet potato), instead of the frozen veg pack. Also added some fresh corriander and spinach and a tiny bit of cumin at the end before serving, it was really tastey!
18th Jan, 2009
Cheap, but surprisingly good. I used korma paste and I think this would go best. Try pilau rice seasoning; bit more interesting than turmeric, I thought.
12th Nov, 2008
Really didn't enjoy this. The casserole vegetables don't give it a nice taste at all. Might be OK if using different kind of vegetables, but don't recommend using casserole veg.
11th Nov, 2008
A very cheap and tasty meal. I also used fresh veg, I think with this recipe you can mix and match veg to suit your taste. I also used more curry paste but again that is down to individual taste. I left out the raisins as I am not a great fan. A nice recipe to give meat a miss for a meal.
10th Nov, 2008
This recipe makes a fab veggie curry.I changed the frozen stew pack for fresh veggies and added mushrooms,sweet potato,swede etc.I also added a little more curry paste and different kinds of beans(borlotti,butter etc) I am an avid meat eater but i can honestly say that i didnt miss meat at all.A really cheap satisfying meal.A regular in our house.


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