Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins

A quick and easy version of Eritrean/Ethiopian lentils. Could also be called curry lentils. The great thing is that you can leave this at a simmer and walk away, just stirring occasionally and adding more water until you reach the desired consistency.


  1. Chop onions and garlic finely.
  2. Sauté in oil over heat in a large pot
  3. Add Madras curry and sauté a few more seconds.
  4. Add red lentils and coconut milk.
  5. Stir and let mixture sit a few moments.
  6. Add water.
  7. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until this has reached a nice mushy, stew-y consistency. Remove from heat and salt liberally to taste (may need a teaspoon or more of salt).
  8. Serve over injera, rice or just eat plain with bread. Freezes well. Reheats well.
Most Helpful

Delicious! Made the whole batch with brown rice. Very hearty. It thickened as it sat and was perfect. My daughter can cook!

food snob mom May 04, 2009

Delicious. I ate it with some whole wheat pita bread. Serving it with rice will likely be the way I serve it next time. I followed the higher amount on all the ingredients with a range listed. It turned out a thinner than I would have liked and will likely reduce the amount of liquid to the lower edge of the given ranges to thicken it more easily without long periods of boiling to cook off some of the liquid. The taste was even better the second day. Thanks.

ALH March 09, 2009

This was an incredibly easy, flavorful dish. I served this on a bed of bulgur and a salad-even my kids loved it!

mikkishelles January 07, 2009