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Cauliflower rice topped with Indian lentil on a black plate with a black spoon

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Easy Indian Lentils

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan
Keyword: indian lentils
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 49 minutes
Wait Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 52 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 226kcal
This Indian Lentil Recipe is ready in a flash and is a rich, hearty, and delicious frugal meal that everyone will love.

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  • Melt oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat.
  • Add onion and garlic. Saute 5 minutes or until the onion is soft.
  • Add broth and next 5 ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low.

If Using Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot

  • Add lentils and bring to a boil.
  • Place the lid on the cooker and bring up to high pressure. Cook for 9 minutes on high (you may need a few more minutes since the tomatoes counteract the cooking of the lentils slightly. Conversely, you could add the tomatoes after cooking the beans and then let the resulting dish cook for a bit).
  • Let pressure come down naturally. Remove lid carefully.
  • Stir in basil and salt to taste.

If Using Regular Pot

  • Add lentils, and then simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, approximately 30 minutes or until lentils are tender. (Red lentils will cook quicker than brown or green.)
  • Stir in basil and salt to taste.


You might be wondering, "Hey where is the curry powder?!" in these Indian Curry Lentils. Good question!
Curry isn't one spice. It's a blend of spices. So-instead of the turmeric, cumin, and pepper, you could substitute 2 1/2 teaspoons of curry powder. This homemade curry powder is a great mild version that we love on just about anything.


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 306mg | Potassium: 641mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 5mg | Net Carbs: 17g