Gordon Ramsay’s Red Lentil Curry

Red Lentil Curry

I serve this cur­ry with brown-cilantro rice

I’m a big fan of Chef Ram­say.  This cur­ry is adapt­ed from a recipe I found online.  It’s easy, tastes deli­cious and also hap­pens to be veg­an.  And from what I’ve heard him say about veg­e­tar­i­ans on TV, I’m sure he did not pur­pose­ly make it veg­an.

Lentils are high in pro­tein, high in fiber, low in fat and packed with min­er­als. Besides being a nutri­tion­al pow­er­house, lentils also cook quick­ly.

I can’t vouch for how authen­tic this recipe is, but my Indi­an Amer­i­can hus­band can’t seem to get enough of it.  I like to serve it with brown-cilantro rice but you can also serve it with naan or cha­p­at­ti.



13 cup red lentils or pigeon pea lentils (tuvar dal), rinse

2 cloves

12 cin­na­mon stick

4 black pep­per­corns

4 cups water

1 inch gin­ger, peeled and fine­ly chopped

3 gar­lic cloves, peeled and fine­ly chopped

3 Tbsp olive oil

2 medi­um onions, peeled and fine­ly chopped

3 toma­toes, fine­ly chopped or 1 15 oz can crushed toma­toes

2 tsp garam masala

2 tsp chilli or cayenne pow­der

1 tsp ground tumer­ic

12 tsp sea salt

14 cup coconut milk

1 jalapeño, slit length­wise (option­al)

Serves 4



1. Place lentils, cloves, cin­na­mon, pep­per­corns and water in a pan.  Bring to a boil and skim off any froth that ris­es to the sur­face of the liq­uid.  Reduce heat, par­tial­ly cov­er pan and sim­mer for about 25 min­utes.  Lentils should be soft and bro­ken down.

2.  Heat oil in a cast iron skil­let and add onions.  Fry for about 6 min­utes, until light­ly browned, stir occa­sion­al­ly.

3.  Add gar­lic and gin­ger, toma­toes, garam masala, chilli pow­der and tumer­ic to the skil­let, stir to com­bine and sauté for about 2 min­utes. Stir occa­sion­al­ly to pre­vent burn­ing.

4.  Pour the spice mix­ture into the pan of cooked lentils and stir.    Sea­son with salt and sim­mer for anoth­er 10 min­utes.  Add coconut milk and green jalapeño, stir to com­bine.

Serve imme­di­ate­ly.







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