Red Lentil Curry

This Red Lentil Curry brings up memories of the wonderfully spicy cuisine in Thailand.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Thai
Keyword Red Lentil Curry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Regina | Leelalicious


  • 1 can (19 oz./540 ml) green lentils
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 can (14 oz.) tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • green onion parsley or cilantro; for garnish


  1. Drain and rinse the lentils. Set aside.
  2. Saute the chopped onion in melted butter over medium heat. Once translucent add garlic and continue cooking until golden.

  3. Add spices (curry powder, sugar, ginger, chili, pepper and red curry paste) and fry for a couple minutes while stirring. Add tomato puree, stir and simmer until smooth.

  4. Add in lentils and coconut milk and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

  5. Serve over quinoa or rice or with flatbread. Garnish with green onion, parsley or cilantro.