spicy lentil curry on a white plate with a side of pita

Easy Spicy Lentil and Vegetable Curry

Cooler temperatures call for hearty soups, stews and curries, but who says they have to be meat-based? For a vegetarian twist that’s as easy as it is satisfying, serve up a bowl of this spicy veggie lentil curry. It’s full of flavor with a dash of heat, and comes together in just 30 minutes.

spicy lentil curry on a white plate with a side of pita

Spicy Lentil Veggie Curry

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Yield: serves 8-10

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 medium shallot, chopped
1 tsp ground ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small scotch bonnet, or jalapeno, chopped
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp sea salt
2 cups water
1 ½ cups red lentils
1 (14oz) can full fat unsweetened coconut milk
2-3 cups baby spinach, chopped
Pita, to serve

ingredients for spicy lentil curry

Directions:
1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté shallots, ginger, garlic and scotch bonnet until brown, about 1 minute. Add in zucchini, cumin, coriander, turmeric and salt and stir for 1 minute.

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2. Add in water, lentils and coconut milk, then stir. Cover the skillet and cook for about 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. When ready, turn the heat off, then stir in the spinach into the hot curry until withered. Serve with a side of fresh pita.

spicy lentil curry in a pan

Looking for more veggie-based dinner ideas? See our 15 Best Vegan Soup and Stew Recipes You’ll Crave All Winter.