Quick & Easy Coconut Brown Lentils (Vegan)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

I love lentils and am trying to eat more of them. These would probably speed by in a pressure cooker but I've only done them the stovetop way so far. Inspired by both Indian and Indonesian cooking. You can use a 15-oz can of brown lentils to reduce the cooking time if you like, I sized it the same with 2/3 dry cup and included instructions for canned as well. The aseptic or half-gallon boxes of So Delicious coconut milk would probably work well too if you just measure out 14 oz. I use 365 Light Coconut but "light coconut milk" isn't recognized in the ingredient database. "Brown lentils" also aren't recognized? 1/3 cup each of brown and green lentils would also be cool!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash and sort through the lentils to remove pebbles, bad ones, etc. (If using a can, just rinse and drain.) Bring the coconut milk to a low boil and add the lentils and spices but NOT the shredded coconut.
  2. Loosely cover and let simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the lentils have softened. (If using canned-- this only needs 5-10 minutes for the flavors to impart.).
  3. Fluff up the lentils and mix in the coconut so it adds a nice crunch. Serve with veggies and rice and enjoy.


Most Helpful

WOW, what a yummylicious dish! Loved the combination of the earthy lentils with the sweet coconut milk and the Indian/Indonesian spices. I will surely make this again!
THANKS SO MUCH for sharing this recipe with us, the80s!
Made and reviewed for the Asian Tag Game October 2010.

Lalaloula October 10, 2010

I am trying to learn to like lentils, most recipes with lentils are loaded with curry, not a fav of mine. Although this is high on the spices, it is very aromatic and works amazing with the coconut milk. I have enjoyed lentils for the very first time!

jbbuck58 November 13, 2015

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