Curried Lentils Over Jasmine Rice

I’ve decided to keep up with my current curry kick and bring you another recipe featuring my favorite spice. This time I’m going for curried lentils. I foundย this recipeย on Wikihow and based my recipe off of it, only tweaking it slightly.ย I fell in love with lentils about 4 years ago when my stepmother Maria made a huge pot of lentil soup for Christmas. That soup is still one of the best I’ve had, ever. Now I’m sure I had lentils before that point, but they obviously didn’t make a huge impact on me because I can’t remember them before that moment.ย 

Fellowship of the Vegetable Vegan MoFo 2013

The great thing about lentils is that they are delicious, versatile and best of all, inexpensive. A perfect fit for my cheap gluten-free Vegan MoFo theme. You can get a pound of them for less than $2 and that gets you a whole lotta lentils. I’m guessing you can get them for even cheaper by buying them in bulk but I grabbed mine at Trader Joe’s.

Fellowship of the Vegetable Curried Lentils 2

Normally I’m a brown rice kinda girl, but something about these lentils was screaming jasmine rice to me and I figured it was best to listen. To give it a little extra flavor I cooked it with 1/2 cup coconut milk and 1 1/2 cups water as opposed to just water and the results were fantastic! The white rice provides a nice visual contrast as well and I always like my dishes to look pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

Fellowship of the Vegetable Curried Lentils 1

This recipe makes a ton of lentils, way more than two people could eat in one meal. Store them in the fridge and add them to wraps, salads or use them as a dip for chips. Being able to use them in numerous meals is another cost saving bonus!

1lb lentils (I used green) $1.69
1 TBSP olive oil $.12
2 celery stalks $.30
1 cup diced onion $.73
3 cloves garlic $.36
2 TBSP curry powder $.19
2 cups veggie broth $.96
4 cups water FREE!
Salt & Pepper $.08
Total for lentils (approx 6 cups) $4.43 or $.74 per cup

2 cups lentils $1.48
1 cup uncooked Jasmine Rice $1.20
1 green onion $.14
Hot sauce (for garnish) โ€“ this is optional so Iโ€™m not going to add it into the cost
Total $2.82 or $1.41 per serving (feeds 2)

Curried Lentils Over Jasmine Rice

By Kylie Bennett Published: September 23, 2013

    Spicy curried lentils served over jasmine rice garnished with sliced green onions.



    1. Rinse lentils and remove any weird bits.
    2. Sautรฉ onions, celery & garlic in olive oil until they start to get tender, about 5-6 minutes.
    3. Add in curry powder, veggie broth, water, lentils and salt & pepper. Bring to a boil.
    4. Cover and reduce heat and continue to cook until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 45 minutes.
    5. Cook rice according to package directions (I subbed 1/2 cup coconut milk into the required 2 cups of water for added flavor).
    6. Spoon lentils over rice and top with green onions and hot sauce (optional)

      17 thoughts on “Curried Lentils Over Jasmine Rice

      1. Pili

        This look like such an Indian dish with! Dal Chawal! Which means lentils (dal) with white rice (chawal) ๐Ÿ˜‰ Is a staple food in any Indian house and the staple dish for any vegetarian over there!

        1. Kylie Bennett Post author

          This is the closest I can get to Indian food at home without my husband refusing to eat it ๐Ÿ˜‰ He’s not a fan, but I LOOOOOOOVE Indian food!

      2. Adi.

        I love lentils!!! Not until recently have I called them lentils. I always knew them by their spanish name, “lentejas” until two years ago! Hahahah
        They’re actually a childhood favorite of mine and this dish looks so good! Especially how you make the rice by adding coconut milk; it just makes me want to try to make this and I just might! ๐Ÿ™‚
        Thank you for sharing.

      3. Mike

        A local vegan friendly restaurant I go to in this area makes a killer veggie burger out of lentils mixed with a number of other things… that was the first time I was turned on to lentils… They are great with a number of foods… I might have to try them with rice.. that looks awesome..

      4. Andrea

        I love lentils, too โ€” such a rich flavor and so fast-cooking. Curried is one of my favorite ways to cook them. I never think of adding coconut milk but it would make them really special. Extra pretty presentation!


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