Vegan Red lentil and Spinach Curry

Hey guys,

So in line with the goal of trying to eat more wholesome plant based meals- I made this rich, luxurious curry. It’s actually a blend of recipes from Naturally Ella and Pinch of Yum . Feel free to amend as desired. I served this over pearl barley which was super delicious- but feel free to use any grain you’d like 🙂


Serves 6


1 can of full fat coconut milk

¼ cup of red curry paste

1.5 cups of water

3/4 cups red lentils

1 in piece of grated fresh ginger

½ tsp garam masala

½ tsp turmeric

½ tsp powdered garlic (I didn’t have fresh- but if you do use that instead)

A couple of handfuls spinach (or kale, chard, etc…)

4 cups of cooked grain (barley, rice, quinoa….)

Let’s start with your grain- I made pearl barley. I used a ratio of 1 part grain to 2 parts water. Bring water to the boil. Add your grain, stir and let cook until desired consistency. Drain, add a bit of oil if necessary to avoid sticking.


For the sauce, whisk together in a large saucepan the coconut milk, water and curry paste. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer. Add your luscious spices and your lentils. Cook at a simmer for 20-25 mins until your lentils are cooked. They should be tender but not mushy.


Remove from heat and stir in your spinach. Serve over your cooked grains. Garnish with cilantro (coriander). Feel the warmth.


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2 thoughts on “Vegan Red lentil and Spinach Curry

  1. Beth @ Culinary Correspondence March 23, 2015 at 9:37 am Reply

    I’m definitely going to give this a try! It looks so good! Do you know what pearl barley would be called here? Not even sure what it looks like, if I’m honest. 🙂

  2. Jan March 25, 2015 at 8:51 am Reply

    Hi Em, I am for sure going to make this in Greece. Thanks for sharing. Will have to see what greens are available at this time of year. There is no way to get cilantro on the island so I might try it with some local dried basil. It’s the only kind I have ever tasted that actually tastes like basil. Yum!
    I love recipes like this-full of delicious possibilities.

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