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Saucy Coconut Lentils...A One Pot Meal

Saucy Coconut Lentils…A One Pan Meal

  • Author: Mila Furman
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


My one pot saucy coconut lentils are packed with savory flavors and sweet, creamy coconut milk. Serve it with rice, naan or nothing at all.


  • 2 cups of lentils (steeped in water overnight and drained)
  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced on a microplaner)
  • 1 shallot (diced finely)
  • 1, 1 inch knob of ginger
  • 1 jalapeno (seeds and veins removed (or kept in if you like it spicy, sliced thinly)
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 pinch chili powder
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro and more for garnish
  • one lime cut into wedges for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Cooked Basmati rice


  1. Place a pan over medium heat and add oil, shallots. ginger, garlic, jalapeno and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Allow to sweat for 7 minutes. You do not want any color on them just sweat them out until they are fragrant.
  3. Add lentils, garam masala and turmeric. Toss everything together.
  4. Add in coconut milk, water, tomato pure and tomato paste. Season with salt and pepper as necessary.
  5. Allow to cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.
  6. After 15 minutes test the doneness of the lentils by tasting them. I like mine a bit al dente. If you need to continue cooking them, just add a bit more of water so they can continue simmering.
  7. Once the lentils are done, add in cilantro and combine. Feel free to add in a nice slice of lime and some more cilantro to the top.


*Did you know the heat of a pepper is in its veins or membrane? Remove that and you remove the heat!
*If cooking lentils for a stew, make sure to soak them over night. It allows for a much faster cooking night. If using them for a salad, do not soak and simply boil them for 15 minutes, the al dente texture in salads is really quite nice.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Vegan/Vegetarian
  • Cuisine: Indian