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Coconut Spiced Red Lentils

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American


These coconut spiced red lentils are easy to make and a delicious vegan meal that is high in protein, creamy and flavorful thanks to the coconut and ginger.


  • 1/2 small onion (diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 inch fresh ginger (minced)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 small sweet potato (diced)
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets or more if desired
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 15 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes


  1. In a large sauce pan, start by sautéing onions with a little neutral oil until translucent (if oil free, just use a splash of vegetable broth to prevent sticking).
  2. Add in fresh garlic and ginger and sauté until fragrant.
  3. Sprinkle in cumin seed and coriander and allow spices to bloom (if not using oil, just use 2 tbsp of the canned coconut milk and sauté with spices for about 1 minute to bloom).
  4. Add in garlic powder, ginger powder and turmeric.
  5. Stir well and then add in potato and cauliflower and sauté in spices, cooking for 2-3 minutes before adding in the red lentils.
  6. Once lentils are added, give a good stir then add in tomatoes and coconut milk.
  7. Stir, then add vegetable broth and red pepper flakes and bring mixture to a low boil.
  8. Once at a boil, reduce heat to a simmer.
  9. Cover with a lid and cook for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove lid at end of cooking time and stir to fully combine before serving.

Keywords: coconut, lentils, stew