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lentil curry on white and pink plate

Coconut Green Lentil Curry

This easy and delicious lentil spinach curry recipe for one is a great way to try out a vegan recipe with lentils. It's bursting with flavor and takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 person
Author Rebecca


  • Large saucepan
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups
  • rubber spatula


  • ¼ cup green lentils rinsed off
  • ½ can coconut milk 14.5 oz can
  • ½ cup diced tomatoes
  • ½ tablespoon red curry paste
  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fresh spinach ½ or so of frozen
  • 2 cups rice cooked
  • red pepper flakes optional
  • fresh limes


  • Add ¼ cup rinsed lentils, ½ can coconut milk, ½ cup tomatoes, ½ Tablespoon red curry paste, 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar, and ¼ teaspoon minced garlic to medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 20-30 minutes. 
  • Prepare brown rice.
  • After 20 minutes, check doneness of lentils. They should be soft. Cook another 10 or so minutes, until soft.
  • Once lentils are soft, add ¼ teaspoon salt and 2 cups fresh spinach.
  • Top rice with lentil spinach curry, and squeeze lime before eating. Sprinkle red pepper flakes over top if you'd like a bit of spice. Enjoy. 


  • You may need to add water (or more coconut milk) if sauce is really thick before lentils are softened.
  • Not ready to use remaining coconut milk? Pour it into a freezer bag & freeze on a flat shelf to use for later.
  • You may need to adjust cooking time to ensure lentils are cooked until soft. Refer to 'how to cook lentils' section in FAQ below.
  • Do not soak lentils before cooking.
  • Green lentils cook fastest, but you can use any type of lentil. Add more tomatoes or water if it doesn't have much water in it. You can also use precooked/frozen lentils to save time.
  • If cooking traditional rice, start cooking when lentils start. If you want to save time, use minute or frozen rice.