Red Lentil Coconut Curry

Recipe from Julia Hellerman of Julia’s Kitchen.

4-6 servings


3 cups split red lentils

1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon coconut oil for sautéing

2 medium onions, chopped

4-5 medium carrots, diced

4-5 stalks celery

3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced

pinch asophoetida

1 strip kombu

1/4 cup curry powder

1/2 package creamed coconut, dissolved in a large measuring cup of hot water

1 inch ginger, grated (no need to peel!)

¼ cup tomato paste

3 cups chopped cauliflower

4 cups chopped spinach

sea salt and lemon or lime juice to taste


  1. Soak red lentils 8-12 hours in filtered water.
  2. Heat a large soup pot to medium heat.
  3. Add coconut oil and swirl around the pan.
  4. Add chopped onions and cook 5-6 minutes until translucent.
  5. Add chopped carrots and celery and continue to cook 4-5 more minutes.
  6. Clear a space in the center of the pan, add 1 teaspoon coconut, add minced garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 45 seconds.
  7. Meanwhile, drain and rinse lentils.
  8. Add lentils to cooked vegetables with water to cover by 3 inches and bring to a boil.
  9. Add asophoetida, and kombu and turn heat to a high simmer for about 20 minutes, or until lentils have started to break down, stirring often.
  10. Add the dissolved coconut cream, tomato paste, curry powder, and cauliflower, turn heat down, and continue to cook, stirring often, for 10 more minutes.
  11. Stir in the chopped spinach and season with salt and fresh lemon juice to taste.
  12. Enjoy as is or over cooked grains! 
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