One-Pot Wonders

Curried Coconut Lentil Shakshuka

January  4, 2018
5 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

This curried coconut lentil shakshuka has become one of my new go-to's for nights when my fridge is devoid of any produce or leftovers and even a good fridge dive won’t result in anything I want to call dinner. Red lentils and coconut milk make this shakshuka more filling than most versions, and the curry powder lends warmth and complexity.

A few notes: when making this (or any shakshuka), use room temperature eggs for best results. (Cold eggs lower the temperature of the sauce and cook unevenly.) If you forget to set the eggs out on the counter, submerge them in warm water for a few minutes to take off the chill. Also, use your oven versus a covered pan on the stovetop for poaching: the even heat of the oven is the easiest way I’ve found to get evenly cooked eggs. While you’re poaching the eggs in the oven, warm naan, pita, or flatbread and serve it with the shakshuka.

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What You'll Need
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder, or to taste (a salt-free mild or maharajah-style curry recommended)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes (or a 26.5-ounce box of chopped tomatoes)
  • 3/4 cup dried red lentils
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk, well-stirred
  • 1/3 cup water, plus more as needed
  • Pinch or two of red chile flakes, optional
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar, or to taste
  • 6 eggs at room temperature
  • For serving: chopped cilantro; warm naan (or flatbread or pita)
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. In a 10 to 12-inch skillet over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onions, carrots, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and sauté until tender, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute, then the curry powder. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly, or until the curry is fragrant.
  3. Add the tomatoes with their juice (tip: If using whole tomatoes, use kitchen shears to cut the tomatoes into small pieces once they’re in the skillet), lentils, coconut milk, water, and 3/4 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to maintain a simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until the lentils are tender, stirring frequently and scraping the bottom the pan so the sauce doesn’t stick; add a little extra water if needed. The finished sauce should be thick like a marinara sauce, with only a tablespoon or two of liquid left. Add red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper, to taste. Add chile flakes if you’d like more heat.
  4. With the back of a spoon, make six small indentations in the sauce and crack the eggs into each one. Season the eggs with salt and pepper. Transfer pan to oven. Cook for about 7 to 10 minutes, until the egg whites are fully cooked and the yolks are still runny or more set, depending on preference.
  5. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with cilantro, and serve with warm naan.

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Recipe by: EmilyC

I'm a home cook. I love salads. Two things you'll always find in my refrigerator are lemons and butter, and in my pantry good quality chocolate and the makings for chocolate chip cookies.

6 Reviews

krikri March 26, 2020
Yummy! Let me just point out however that it says *red* lentils. Several times. Which I did not notice. And it took nearly an hour. But - delicious!
EmilyC March 31, 2020
Ha, so glad this worked out for you despite the ingredient mishap! : ) Thanks for trying it!
lgoldenhar August 29, 2018
Very good, but I was hoping for more coconut flavor. Used mint as a garnish instead of cilantro.
Elana B. July 7, 2018
Incredible! Made this last night and it was gone by the morning so I had to make it again tonight!
EmilyC July 7, 2018
Wonderful!! Thanks so much for trying it (twice!) and letting me know!
Samantha May 2, 2018
I made this tonight and it was so delicious! I appreciated that it was more filling than a traditional shakshouka. I didn't really taste the curry powder, so I may use more next time (or not use expired curry powder) I will definitely make this again! Thank you!