Recipe: Creamed Coconut Curry Lentils

Last updated: 28 Aug 2023  |  93 Views  | 

Recipe: Creamed Coconut Curry Lentils

Creamed coconut curry lentils are a dish made by cooking lentils in a flavorful curry sauce enriched with creamed coconut. Lentils are a type of legume that are high in protein and fiber, making them a nutritious choice. In this dish, they are simmered in a curry sauce made from spices, vegetables, and often tomatoes or coconut milk. Creamed coconut, also known as coconut cream, is a concentrated coconut product that adds richness and creaminess to the curry.

The result is a hearty and aromatic dish where the earthy flavor of the lentils is complemented by the fragrant curry spices and the creamy texture from the coconut. This dish is a popular choice in many cuisines, particularly in Indian and Southeast Asian cooking, and is enjoyed by vegans, vegetarians, and anyone who appreciates a satisfying and flavorful plant-based meal.
1 cup dry green or brown lentils, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons oil (coconut oil, olive oil, etc.)
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
2 tablespoons creamed coconut, melted
2 cups vegetable broth or water
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
Cooked rice or naan bread for serving
1. In a large pot or deep skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until it becomes translucent.

2. Add the minced garlic, curry powder, ground cumin, ground turmeric, and red pepper flakes. Cook for about a minute until fragrant, stirring constantly.

3. Add the rinsed lentils, diced tomatoes (with their juice), coconut milk, melted creamed coconut, and vegetable broth or water to the pot. Stir to combine.

4. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and let the lentils simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the lentils are tender and the flavors are well combined. Stir occasionally.

5. Taste and season the curry with salt and pepper to your preference.
Serve the creamy coconut lentil curry over cooked rice or with naan bread.

6. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro for a burst of freshness and color.


This creamy coconut lentil curry is a comforting and satisfying dish that combines the rich flavor of creamed coconut with aromatic spices. It's a hearty option for a vegetarian or vegan meal, and the creamed coconut adds a luxurious creaminess to the dish.

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