4.75 from 51 votes
Curried Lentils
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Ready in the blink of an eye, packed with flavor, and several different serving options. These Curried Lentils are a healthy go-to weeknight dinner.

Total Cost: $3.48 recipe / $0.87 serving
Servings: 4 1 cup each
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil $0.16
  • 2 cloves garlic $0.16
  • 1 medium onion $0.32
  • 3 medium carrots (1/2 lb.) $0.55
  • 1 cup uncooked brown lentils $0.68
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder hot or mild $0.60
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce* $0.59
  • Salt to taste $0.02
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro (optional) $0.40
  1. Spread the lentils out on a baking sheet to make them easier to see. Pick out any stones or debris. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a sauce pot, then add the lentils. Allow the pot to come back up to a boil, then turn the heat to low, place a lid on top, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. Drain the cooked lentils in a colander.
  2. Meanwhile, mince the garlic and finely dice the onion and carrots. Sauté the onion, garlic, and carrots in a large skillet with olive oil over medium heat until the onions are transparent (about 5 minutes). Add the curry powder and sauté for one minute more.
  3. Add the cooked and drained lentils to the skillet, along with the tomato sauce. Stir and heat through (about 5 minutes). Turn the heat off, taste the lentils, and add salt if needed (I added about 1/2 tsp).
  4. Top with fresh cilantro and serve over a bed of rice, with naan, or crusty bread.
Recipe Notes

*If you live outside the U.S. and "tomato sauce" is not available, the closest product would probably be strained or puréed tomatoes.