Slow cooker lentil curry is easily made with simple ingredients. This hearty vegan dish is a crowd pleaser!
Yesterday I made the mistake of wandering into the Target dollar spot. It started out innocently enough, with my son saying, “Look, Star Wars stuff!” And then I don’t know what happened, but I blinked and my cart was full of burlap banners, glittered fall leaf banners, Halloween baker’s twine, wooden haunted houses, felt pumpkins, and twinkle lights. Oops.
Of course we had to come home and decorate, and then guess what Darryl came home with? Mini pumpkins.
It’s officially fall in the Roenicke household. :) So we may as well embrace it and bust out the slow cooker recipes.
This slow cooker lentil curry is one of those recipes that I just kind of threw together one day that turned into one of our favorite family meals. It’s hearty, because of the lentils, and full of flavor from the tomato paste, coconut milk, and spices.
When I made this for the first time, it was one of those situations where you can’t stop eating…just a little more, and a little more, just a spoonful of sauce…it’s hard to walk away from. So don’t say I didn’t warn you!
I used half regular green lentils and half French green lentils because that’s what I had in the pantry. You could use just green lentils, or just French green lentils, or even black (Beluga) lentils. If you use black lentils it may take a little bit longer to cook. I would not recommend using red lentils in this slow cooker lentil curry recipe, because they will just turn to mush.
This slow cooker lentil curry is:
- family friendly
- free of the top 8 allergens
- the perfect easy weeknight meal
- a simple, tasty vegan dinner
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Slow Cooker Lentil Curry.
Healthy lentils cooked in a rich coconut cream curry sauce - this slow cooker lentil curry is a comforting dish for chilly nights!
- 1 red onion diced - you could also use a yellow onion
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 yellow pepper diced
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups green lentils or French green lentils
- 3 Tablespoons tomato paste or 1/3 cup tomato sauce
- 1 can full fat coconut milk
- 3 teaspoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons garam masala
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 1/2 cups water
- Jasmine rice for serving or Brown Basmati Rice
- Place the red onion, minced garlic, diced pepper, and olive oil in the slow cooker.
Pick over and rinse the lentils and add to the slow cooker.
- Add all the other ingredients and stir.
- Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 1/2 - 5 hours. Check periodically and add more liquid if needed.
- Serve over Jasmine rice.
Since models of slow cookers vary, your cooking time may be longer or shorter.
Feel free to customize this lentil curry. If you don’t have a red onion, try a sweet onion or white onion. No fresh garlic? Add some garlic powder. This is a very forgiving recipe.
This recipe is such a favorite in our house that it’s even requested for birthday dinners. If you want to try another easy curry recipe, try this spinach aloo palak.
Have you gotten out the slow cooker yet? What are you making?