Creamy Curry Lentils Recipe

Updated on December 26, 2019
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Taking the complication out of cooking! You don't have to be a master chef to cook great food. Relax, have fun, and put some love into it.


Love, Love, Love Spicy Food

I crave spicy foods at least once a week. I travel a lot, and wherever I'm on the road, I look for ethnic restaurants. Spice is nice! Being a chef and a major foodie, traveling gives me the opportunity to find great places to eat some awesome foods. But, there are those times I just make my own, and I can tell you, a majority of the time, it's better than the stuff restaurants put out.

Here's one of my favorites: creamy curry lentils. I made this for a 200-guest wedding last September, and everyone loved it. This is a great side dish to a tandoori chicken or other main dishes from India. Enjoy! -The Drunken Chef

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves six to eight people


  • 2 Cups Lentils, Red or Yellow
  • 1 Cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 Cup Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp Curry Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Garam Masala
  • 1 Onion, Diced
  • 2 Tomatoes, Diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Chopped
  • 6 Cups Water
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee, or Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Cilantro, Chopped
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Pepper


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  1. Rinse lentils. In large pot, add 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add rinsed lentils to pot. Add curry and garam masala spices.
  2. Boil lentils and spices for 30 minutes or until lentils are soft.
  3. In another pan, melt ghee (or butter) and add diced onions and sauté for 3 minutes on medium heat. Add tomatoes and garlic and sauté for an additional 3 minutes.
  4. Once the lentils are soft, drain most of the water except for about a cup. Add the sauté vegetables to the lentils. Afterwards, add 1 cup of chicken stock and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Then add chopped cilantro to mix
  5. Add the yogurt and 1 more teaspoon of curry and garam masala and mix well, adding water as needed to make mixture creamy.
  6. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes and add salt and pepper as needed. (Optional)

Simmering Creamy Curry Lentils


Creamy Curry Lentils

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