This 4 ingredient quick lentil curry is great for busy days, ridiculously easy to make while not compromising on taste. It's my go-to curry recipe when I want a quick meal on the table.
Quick Lentil Dhal
This is a lentil dhal (curry) with a twist, as instead of the usual Indian spices you expect in a dhal dish, this one has all the flavours of Thai Food and coconut milk, for a simple delicious meal that is ready in minutes.
Just place the ingredients in the instant pot and with just 5 minutes cooking time (not including the natural pressure release) and you have a yummy filling meal for the entire family.
Meal prep doesn't need to be complicated to be delicious and healthy. As quick as it is to chuck a frozen meal in the oven, you can create your own healthy meal, like this Quick Lentil Curry from minimal ingredients instead.
Ingredients for a 4 Ingredient Lentil Curry
Nothing complicated here, just 4 main ingredients:
- Red lentils
- Red Thai Curry Paste
- Coconut milk
See how easy that is.
Can I use light coconut milk?
Yep, you sure can, I prefer the regular stuff because it is much thicker in consistency and creamier, plus the small amount we use is not that many syns when divided up into servings. This recipe makes quite a large batch too.
If you don't like coconut milk, then you can try omitting, but with the flavours of the red Thai Curry paste, coconut milk is the perfect addition against the spiciness.
Instant Pot Quick Lentil Curry
If you haven’t heard of an Instant Pot you are seriously missing out. It is the best kitchen gadget I have purchased. I would even put it above my actifry and that’s saying something.
A 7in1 cooker, and it slow cooks, pressure cooks, saute’s, has settings for soup, chilli, rice, porridge etc
Since I bought my instant pot, I use it pretty much daily. It comes in some handy for cooking soups, stews, casseroles, curries, and I love making extra so I can freeze at least one tub of leftovers.
Can you cook this Lentil Curry on the stovetop?
Yes, you can cook this on the stovetop instead if you don't own a pressure cooker. It will take longer though, around 30 minutes to simmer and cook the lentils, and I recommend increasing the liquid slightly, just keep checking out it as it cooks and add a little bit more stock as it's needed.
Sides for this 4 Ingredient Quick Lentil Curry
I went for some simple white jasmine rice and some thinly sliced zucchini which I sauteed in a pan with spray oil and seasoned with a little pinch of salt, cumin, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder.
Some other delicious sides are:
More Lentil Recipes
Love cooking with lentils and interested in some other recipes to try? Check out these:
- VEGAN CREAMY COCONUT MUSHROOM LENTILS (STOVE TOP AND INSTANT POT)
- SPICY LENTILS AND SPINACH (STOVE TOP AND INSTANT POT)
- SYN FREE SPICY SWEET POTATO AND LENTILS
- LENTIL BOLOGNESE
- BACON AND LENTIL SOUP
- ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND LENTIL CURRY
- SPICY CARROT AND LENTIL SOUP
- LENTIL CHEDDAR BAKE
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This recipe was originally created on 28 January 2017 and updated on the 9 September 2019
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- 2 cups (360g) of dried red lentils
- 3 tbs of Thai red curry paste - 2 syns
- 4.3 cups (1 litre) of vegetable or chicken stock
- 1 cup (240ml) of coconut milk - 16 syn
- freshly chopped coriander (optional)
- salt and black pepper to season
- Add the lentils, stock and red Thai curry paste to the instant pot.
- Stir well
- Add lid, close valve (if not self sealing) and set to manual High pressure for 5 mins
- Once it finishes cooking, do a quick release of all the pressure, by opening the valve.
- Set to saute mode, stir in the coconut milk and heat until all combined and creamy.
- Taste and season with salt and black pepper as desired.
- Top with fresh chopped coriander (optional) and serve with your choice of sides.
This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly
- Slimming World - 3 syns per serving
- WW Flex/Freestyle Smart Points - 3 per serving
Stove Top - Add all ingredients to a saucepan and stir well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Add lid and simmer for approx 30 mins (until all liquid is almost absorbed and you have a creamy lentil curry).
This recipe is suitable for freezing
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Nutrition InformationServing Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving Calories 274Total Fat 6.5gSaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 2.5mgSodium 815mgCarbohydrates 37.8gFiber 1.6gSugar 2.9gProtein 14.6g