"Much like kale, my family loved lentils before they were cool." —Rach


Credit: Christopher Testani

Recipe Summary


This is a fun alternative to chili night on chilly nights. Serve with rice (adding crushed garlic and ginger to the water) or with charred or warm naan for sopping up the curry.

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Curry Spice Blend
Lentil Curry


Instructions Checklist
  • For the Curry Spice Blend, toast all whole spices in a small dry pan for 2 minutes over medium heat until fragrant. Transfer to a spice grinder and process until finely ground. Combine ground spices into a mix.

  • Rinse lentils. In a small pot, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Salt water and stir in the lentils. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer until just tender, about 8 minutes. Drain.

  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil, two turns of the pan, over medium-high. Add the onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook for a few minutes, until softened, then add ginger and garlic. Stir for 1 minute, until fragrant. Add lamb, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon; add the curry spice blend. Cook, stirring, until spices are fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the Worcestershire, tomatoes, and 1/2 cup of water. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until thickened and meat is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in lentils.

  • Serve in shallow bowls with toppings of choice.