One Pot Simple Lentil Curry

One Pot Simple Lentil Curry

Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Mains
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 tbsp butter or coconut oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 1.5 cup red lentils*
  • 4.5 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 medium bunch kale, stems removed (chop stems and add near the beginning of cooking; chop kale leaves and add near the end of cooking)
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 1 can coconut milk in place of some of the water
  • *soaking the lentils for a few hours before cooking will make them more digestible but you don’t have to do this step


  • Melt coconut oil or butter in a medium size pot. Add onion, garlic and spices and sauté gently for 5 minutes.
  • Add soaked lentils, bay leaf and water. Bring to a gentle boil and remove any foam from the surface.
  • Turn down the temperature to simmer.
  • Prepare vegetables and add “hearty” veggies (potatoes, carrots, etc.) to the pot. Add “soft” veggies (the greens) 5 minutes before serving.
  • Continue to simmer for about 30-45 min.
  • When lentils are very soft (like a puree) and veggies are cooked, add salt to taste.
  • Serve over brown rice, quinoa or cooked millet, or eat as a soup, or with whole grain bread.
  • Be creative: use whatever is in your fridge (chunks of zucchini, carrots, sweet potato, greens, mushrooms, cauliflower, potatoes, peas, eggplant)


Recipe by InspireHealth
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