Red Lentil Curry

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Author Notes: This recipe is a real favorite in my house. It is adapted from Gordon Ramsey's Rajasthani red lentil curry recipe. For a dinner party it can be served as a side to chicken or for a great midweek vegetarian meal simply serve with a naan bread. For the cream I use whatever I have in the fridge and have even left it out to be healthier. The curry can be made ahead and kept in the fridge until you need it, in fact it seems to taste better after sitting for a while. It also freezes well. - JaynerlyJaynerly

Food52 Review: When a curry craving hits this Red Lentil Curry will certainly satisfy. It comes together quickly with ingredients that are most likely stocked in your kitchen. The warm spices impart just the right amount of interest and the cream smooths it out nicely. A good quality canned tomato was substituted for fresh ones without any negative impact. Adding more liquid in the form of vegetable stock could transform it into a great soup. This is a very nice addition to your bean repertoire! sticksnscones

Serves 2 as a main 4 as a side or starter

  • 8 ounces red lentils
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled & minced
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 quart cold water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 yellow onions, peeled & finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 5 large tomatoes, skinned & chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • few sprigs of cilantro, chopped
  1. Put the lentils, cloves, cinnamon stick and a few of grinds of pepper into a large saucepan. Cover with the water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, partially cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the lentils are soft.
  2. Meanwhile heat the oil in a large pan, (I use a deep sided frying pan), add the onions and fry until softened and starting to brown. Add the garlic and ginger, giving a quick stir to mix in. Add the garam masala, ground coriander, turmeric and chilli powder. Stir quickly to prevent the spices sticking. Once they are mixed into the onion mixture add the tomatoes and sugar.
  3. Having fished out the cinnamon stick and cloves add the lentils into the pan, season with salt and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently,
  4. Just before serving stir through the cream and cilantro.

Tags: cheap, cheap, Vegetarian

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5 months ago caroline

Since my husband is vegan what can I use instead of cream? Thanks.

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5 months ago Jaynerly

It will be fine without the cream. I often don't have cream handy and wouldn't buy a pot just for a couple of tablespoons, the curry is still good without the cream.

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over 1 year ago AntoniaJames

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Made another batch, this time using a box of Pomi diced tomatoes, drained. Worked really well, though I added a lot more cilantronto balance it. (It seems like there are more than five tomatoes per box.) So delicious!! ;o)

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over 1 year ago AntoniaJames

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Excellent recipe! The generous quantity of onions makes it so flavorful. I added a big squeeze of lime juice instead of cream or yogurt, because my fresh tomatoes were very sweet, so the dish desperately needed a bit of acid. Definitely making this again! ;o)

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over 1 year ago Jaynerly

Thank you! Love the idea of lime!

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over 1 year ago AntoniaJames

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Making another batch tonight! I could live on this stuff. ;o)

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over 1 year ago Jaynerly

:) So could I! I had it last weekend.

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almost 3 years ago nogaga

Just made this, using goat yogurt instead of cream, and it was a delicious combination of flavours! Thank you for the recupe :)

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over 1 year ago Jaynerly

Thank you!

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over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Mmmm, yummmm. This one looks so good!! Definitely going to try it ASAP. ;o)

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over 3 years ago Jaynerly

I hope you do, its good (well I think so!)

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over 3 years ago VanessaS

Looks great, I definetly want to try this!

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over 3 years ago Jaynerly

Thank you!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Well, hello there, Jaynerly! This sounds lovely!

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over 3 years ago Jaynerly

Thank you! Finally I plucked up the courage!

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over 3 years ago Lizthechef

Wonderful to see you on the site, Jaynerly - and your recipe is a rockstar! Thumbs up.

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over 3 years ago Jaynerly

Thanks!!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Looks delicious. A comfort food, too.

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over 3 years ago Jaynerly

Thanks, it is indeed a good comfort food!