Spicy Curried Lentils and Rice

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 50 mins

A spicy and adaptable recipe by Jill Nussinow, "The Veggie Queen" (theveggiequeen.com). You can add other vegetables like potatoes at the beginning or chopped spinach at the end. Wrap it up in a multigrain tortilla and enjoy for breakfast, lunch, or a snack!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pour the oil into a medium or large saucepan with a lid over medium heat. Add the onion, ginger, garlic and pepper. Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Cook until onion begins to slightly soften, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add lentils, rice, curry powder, and water. Stir well.
  3. Cover the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 35 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, add peas to pot, replace cover and let sit undisturbed for 5 more minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes and salt and fluff with a fork. Transfer to a serving plate. Top with cilantro. Serve immediately.


Most Helpful

This was fabulous!!!! I loved it! Yes I didn`t make as directed but I`m sure it would have been just as good when following the recipe. I used brown rice adding it to 3 1/2 cups water for 20 minutes before adding red lentils (I really thought I had brown lentils which would be just as grand as what I enjoyed)and then cooked for 20 more minutes. I used Crosse & Blackwell hot mango chutney, which was very good and the cilantro is a must! Thank you for the healthy wonderful eats!

Rita~ October 13, 2010

This was a pleasure for tonights dinner. It's solid and satisfying while being very light in fats. And I just noticed as I write this that I totally forgot the peas and tomatoes. I think that they would have been a great addition, LOL. Well, having admitted what an idiot I am, all I can say is that the lentils, rice and seasonings where yummy by themselves and quite filling.

Annacia June 04, 2010

Wow this was really good! I used more canola oil as my pan needed it, I added a little cayenne instead of the small hot pepper, used green lentils which I did not presoak and they were OK, used white Basmati rice adding it a little after I fried the onions and lentils together since my rice cooks so fast, I used water, recipe#442889, sea salt which I added to the rice & lentils on cooking as I didn't notice it was to be added after. I added a bit more on the dish upon serving to salt the fresh tomatoes, I used defrosted sweet baby peas, plus the cilantro. I served it with a chutney & recipe#120649 for a good filling vegetarian meal. Made for Veggie Swap 32 ~ March 2011.

UmmBinat March 12, 2011

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