These hearty, nutritious curried lentils are the perfect throw together dinner when you want something filling with minimal prep work.

Creamy Curried Lentils with Kale

Today, I’ve got a quick and easy recipe that you can throw together for dinner in no time. It consists of mostly lentils and spices which you may already have in your cupboard. Throw in a little coconut milk and kale, and you’ve got yourself dinner.

Sometimes on this blog, I feel like I get a little too carried away posting dessert recipes and neglect to post simple, nutritious savory recipes. What I typically consume for dinner is something I throw together with whatever I have on hand in the fridge mixed with a few staples from my cupboard. Always delicious, but I never really consider that to be a “recipe.”

Working in kitchens, my daily meal always consisted of throwing random foods in an over-sized bowl with a few sauces and devouring it like a wild animal who hasn’t seen food in days. I call it the compost salad – a little of this, a handful of that, the remainder of yesterday’s special, with a little hummus and lemon dressing thrown in. Best meal ever, I swear.

Since easy, thrown together recipes are what everyone enjoys, I thought it made sense to share some more effortless, yet flavorful meals to accommodate our busy lives.

Creamy Curried Lentils with Kale

Ways to modify your curried lentils

The great thing about these curried lentils is that they require minimal ingredients, so your prep work is cut way down. If you’re feeling like bulking it up or altering the flavor, here’s a few ideas:

  • Saute shredded carrot with the onions for another layer of sweetness and nutrition.
  • Add diced sweet potato when you add the lentils. Cut them small so they finish cooking with everything else.
  • Double the amount of cardamom for a more distinct flavor.
  • Make it a soup – add broccoli, cauliflower, peas, etc. and at least a cup of broth.

Creamy Curried Lentils with Kale

If you’re looking for more simple, healthy dishes, check out my Chickpea Curry with Sweet Potatoes, Thai Buddha Bowl with Peanut Sauce and Vegan “Butter Chicken” with Jackfruit.

Creamy Curried Lentils with Kale
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Servings: 2
  • 1 Tbsp Sunflower Oil
  • 1 medium Onion, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp minced Garlic (3-4 cloves)
  • 1 Tbsp minced Ginger Root
  • ¾ cup Red Lentils
  • 1 ½ cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 ¼ cup Water
  • Handful of Kale, stems removed
  • 1 ½ tsp Curry Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander
  • ½ tsp Turmeric
  • ½ tsp Cumin
  • tsp Cardamom
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  1. Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook for 7-8 minutes until they start to brown. Add the garlic and ginger. Cook for a minute. Add the spices and a splash of water to form a paste. Stir.
  2. Stir in the lentils, then add the water and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and add the kale. Cover with a lid. Let simmer for 20 minutes or until lentils are soft. Serve with rice.
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Randi Tisdall

You had me at curry!! Looks delicious and your pictures are beautiful!

Brittany Roche

Ooooh, I cannot get enough of curry recipes, and this one looks like one of the easiest I’ve seen. Love that there isn’t a huge list of weird ingredients or long directions. Looks simple but incredibly delicious!


This looks great! I’m always looking for more ways to enjoy lentils, and I think I already have all of these ingredients in my kitchen.

Sarah Newman @ Vegan Chickpea

This looks so simple! Been wanting some lentils recently and this looks perfect!


Girl girl girl!!! This recipe is so easy!!! Lentils always scare me, I don’t know why, but I think I can handle your recipe. 😛 Also, I love your term ‘compost’ salad hahaha.. never thought of that, but it’s sooo true! A little bit of this, a little bit of that.. 😛


I love your food styling and photos and your lentil curry looks great!


Nadia W
Nadia W

I try to make most of my meals vegetarian/vegan, this can go into my rotation. Your pictures are beautiful as well!


This looks delicious! Our family loves any kind of curry, and if you add kale, so much the better. Can’t wait to try it!


I looooove recipes like this. Simple. Delicious. Healthy. It checks all of the boxes. Yum!