Meatless Monday: Red Curry Lentils


As I was making dinner last night, Mr. Prevention asked, “What’s for dinner?”

When I responded with a purposefully very vague, “Pasta,” he quickly accused me of making something 1) vegetarian and 2) containing an ingredient he doesn’t care for. Guilty on both accounts, but, he liked dinner anyways. Go figure.

His next question was, “Are you trying to turn me into a vegetarian?”


I guess I hadn’t realized that we have omitted a lot of meat from our diet lately. Seafood is still served 1-2 times a week, but otherwise, I’m trending towards more vegetarian meals lately. Between summer’s produce and our CSA deliveries, I guess it’s not surprising. And despite his whines of disapproval, he hasn’t passed on a meal yet…including this meal.

We love Indian food in this house and while I love our new community, it is not abundant in ethnic food options. I’m probably best to try homemade version of our ethnic favorites versus seeking them out. When this Indian lentil recipe popped up from one of my favorite blogs, Pinch of Yum, I made it the very next week.


If there’s one steamy scent I want wafting through my house on hot summer evenings, it’s Indian flavors. This recipe uses the flavors of garam masala, curry powder, and red curry paste (all found at major retailers) along with one of my favorite ingredients, coconut milk, to simmer the lentils to a tender perfection. Add in some cayenne for heat and fresh ginger and garlic — Mmmmm.

If there’s one way to get Mr. Prevention excited about vegetarian meals…it’s through Indian food.

With some naan. The man is a carbohydrate fiend.


 The weekend went SO fast. If you’re in search of a weekly menu, I don’t have one because I am in Indianapolis most of this week at the American Association of Diabetes Educators conference! :-D

Be well,


  1. I love lentils and curry – I am SOOO making this. Thank you!

  2. The steamy scent of Indian cuisine smells great when you’re cooking, not so much when the smell lingers over until the next day. But it’s still worth the deliciousness of Indian or Indian-inspired dishes.

  3. I love Indian flavors this sounds great!

  4. When vegetables are so abundant right now, why not go crazy with them and wait on using meat? I do the same!

  5. I love Indian food! And I really enjoy the layout of your posts. I love the brief synopsis you give at the end of each recipe to sum up your opinion on its results. So valuable, and totally sold me on this recipe!

  6. I’ve always wanted to find a recipe for lentils that I’d actually enjoy…..this one looks awesome!

  7. This is exactly my type of meal, AND I have all the ingredients already. You can’t beat that. :)
    Nothing wrong with making use of all the veggies you can get your hands on right now. I can’t even remember the last time I cooked meat (probably back when I still tried to do nice things for the ex boyfriend, so it’s easily been two years), it’s not even something I think about, I just never buy it.

  8. I am totally sold on this recipe!!
    I love lentils and curry. They are THE BEST combo!
    Can’t wait to make this!

  9. I waved in your general direction Nicole when we lunched in St. Joe’s on the way back home yesterday. We went to Shu’s – awesome Asian shrimp appetizer and the appetizer ahi tuna salad was perfect for lunch.

    Have a great time at your conference this week!

  10. I made this recipe off Pinch of Yum this week too – I also increased the coconut milk like you did. I liked it a lot even though I cooked the lentils a little too long and they were kind of mushy. Winner of a recipe!

  11. Oooh, I’ve been wanting to try this!(and like, 90% of Lindsay’s recipes!). This looks great and your good review means a lot to me :D

  12. We had a vegetarian dinner last night (edamame and chick pea salad) and it made me grateful that my husband never complains when we have a mostly vegetarian menu like we do this week.

  13. Heyyyyy girl. These look gorgeous! Nicely done.

  14. I wanted to let you know that I featured this on my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post – stop by and see! I am so glad I found your blog – I keep finding so many great recipes to bookmark and pin.

  15. I love using lentils!!!! What a great recipe! :D


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