Red Curry Vegetable Lentils

These red curry vegetable lentils are a delicious vegetarian dish with tons of spicy curry and creamy coconut flavor.

Red curry vegetable lentils

The past month has been a humbling experience for me. I’ve spent about 65-70% of it traveling (and far too much of that time stuck in traffic on some NY, NJ or CT highway fending off severe road rage) for either work or pleasure (I hate that word, add it to the list with moist and panties for words that make me grossly uncomfortable) and still tried to maintain daily postings on here with good recipes and somewhat related content.

I swear this isn’t some woe is me post. Nope, nope, nope, hate those. I read those and start screaming through my computer screen at the author to 1. quit justifying themselves to the internet, they don’t owe anyone an explanation and 2. either suck it up and deal with it or make a change and stop complaining. Those get me a bit riled me up.

So what’s the point then of me mentioning my busy life recently?

To basically justify this post that has absolutely nothing to do with red curry vegetable lentils. My brain and body is tired, as I write this it’s 10pm, I’ve been up since 5:45, spent 3.5 hours in the car and I just can’t think of anything interesting to say about lentils. They’re lentils, they have red curry in them as well as a healthy dose of vegetables (of course), they’re inspired by Lindsay’s delicious creation and you should make them. The end.

Red curry lentils with vegetables

Want to know what my brain can handle right now?

Discussing the fact the Miley Cyrus actually thinks with even 1% of a chance that getting married at 19 to Hunger Games boy is a good idea. Really? Like, really, really? And that news sources mention how Tom Hanks’ wife tweeted her congratulations like it’s supposed to be some sign of legitimacy since it came from Rita Wilson. Holy hell.

Or how about how Billy Ray is “giving his blessing” and all that jazz. My father’s reaction would’ve been more along the lines of “like hell you’re getting married, get up to your room young lady!” What’s she going to do at the wedding, toast with apple juice?

Vegetable red curry with lentils

And as Forrest would say, that’s all I have to say about that.

Lentils…do it.

Red curry lentils with vegetables

Red Curry Vegetable Lentils

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

These red curry vegetable lentils are a delicious vegetarian dish with tons of spicy curry and creamy coconut flavor.


  • 1 cup lentils, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 bunch of swiss chard stems, chopped (set leaves aside for later use)
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1½ tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 15oz. can of diced tomatoes, drained and pureed in food processor
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup swiss chard leaves, chopped
  • cilantro for garnish


  1. In a small pot, combine lentils and water, bring to a boil and then cover and lower to a simmer, cooking for about 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot or dutch oven, heat oil over medium high heat.
  3. Add yellow pepper, swiss chard stems and onions and saute for about 10 minutes until softened and just starting to brown.
  4. Add red curry and all the other spices and toss together, cooking for another 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add pureed diced tomatoes, tomato paste and coconut milk and stir to combine.
  6. Add lentils, stir and let cook for 10-15 minutes on medium-low heat.
  7. Check seasoning and adjust according to taste.
  8. Add swiss chard leaves, stir to combine, cook 1 more minute until wilted into curry.
  9. Serve over rice and garnish with cilantro.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 241Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 690mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 9gSugar: 6gProtein: 9g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.


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Slightly adapted from Pinch of Yum


  1. Christine

    Oh ha ha ha ha ha!!!! This made me laugh! “get up to your room young lady!” Excellent! Exactly!

    Oh, and, nice looking lentils! Yum! Hope this week is less in traffic and more in the kitchen but I know how that goes….

  2. Margarita

    I hate the word moist too and lover…

    I do love lentils… Green, red, yellow, all lentils. I feel like I don’t need to eat anything else when there’s lentils and rice on my table.

    Getting married at 19… Sigh, chances are she will divorced at 21.

  3. Minerva

    I tried your Curry in a Hurry on Monday and it was delicious! This time I will plan ahead and get the actual veggies you recommend. Thanks for teaching me how to use curry paste :)

  4. Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf

    She’s seriously marrying Gale? I thought their whole relationship was a joke. Whoops. Joke is on us, I suppose. Le sigh. On a more happy note, I think this dish sounds delicious and incorporates flavors and spices I live by on a daily basis :) Also, I HATE. HATE HATE the words moist and panties too. It’s on the same list as flaccid, thigh (yes, thigh. GROSS) and orifice. Nast.

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      true. I probably would too if I grew up to my dad singing Achy Breaky Heart.

  5. Julie @ Table for Two

    this is CRAZY. I just made this last night. No joke. I’ll take a picture for you…I have them for lunch today. Oh and I didn’t read instructions on this before I dumped the ENTIRE bag of lentils in the pot of boiling water. Didn’t realize I needed 1.5 cups only. And then, you’d think I’d reserve some of the cooked lentils for something else and just use 1.5 cups..nope, forgot again, and dumped them ALL in the pot with the red curry sauce. Oh my god. We have lentils for like 2 weeks. It’s in THREE large tupperware containers in the fridge. I’m going to turn into a lentil..

  6. Sherry

    I was thinking of making lentils tonight! Thanks for the recipe. Amen sista! I TOTALLY agree with you re: Miley Cyrus! Like really- who the heck wants to get married at 19! You cannot legally drink yet! It’s all about the wedding and not about the actual marriage. Hello- the wedding is one day- the marriage is (supposed) to be for the rest of your life!

  7. Jess

    HA! I think this is my favorite post from you ever. I love the honesty :)
    and I love curry and lentils and can’t wait to try this!! mmmm

  8. StoriesAndSweetPotatoes

    Lol. I know, I feel bad for Miley because I think she’s sweet but even out of Hollywood that’s too young and in Hollywood you basically have to be like 50 to have a successful marriage. At any rate, I love curry! :D

  9. Amanda @ Binks & Franny

    A-men to all of the above. On all things curry…yes, just do it. On those related to words that give me the heebie-jeebies…you’ve covered them all. And as far as Miley goes…to quote an email I received from a friend yesterday…”how far along is she and is the shotgun registered to Billy Ray or Tish???”. Thanks for the laughs! Hope this month is a little easier on you.

  10. Heidi @ Food Doodles

    Jeez, I’ve been meaning to make lentils for ages now. I love them, but the hubby doesn’t, so I end up not making them but they are so delicious. Especially in a curry tomatoey sauce. Yummy :)

  11. Nellie

    I am loving vegetables now and I guess I will check this out and try to make one for my husband because he loves curry..

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  16. Marie-Christine

    Sooo… am I the only one who cannot see “lentils” in the ingredients list? Anyone can tell me how much dry lentils or maybe a can of lentils this recipe calls for? Thank you for your help.

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      You’re not wrong, somehow left it out by accident! Recipe has been updated, it’s 1 cup. Thanks for pointing that out!


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