After an entire Valentine’s Day weekend filled with chocolate, I’m pleased to say I’m back on track with giant bowls of salad and/or curry for every meal.

Coconut Green Curry Lentils and Quinoa // Warm Vanilla Sugar

I really, really, love curried lentils. And I’m not picky on the curry…it can be red, green, yellow, or tomato and I am ON. IT.

Like, whoa.

Coconut Green Curry Lentils and Quinoa // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Add in some coconut milk and I will totally go fanatical for a bowl. Like, make the meal before P- gets home and eat it, and then eat another bowl when he arrives home kind of fanatical. In this house, we take curry seriously.

Coconut Green Curry Lentils and Quinoa // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Look at all that dipping surface area!!! GAH! So good.

Coconut Green Curry Lentils and Quinoa // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Enjoy the rest of your week lovers!

Coconut Green Curry Lentils and Quinoa

Yield: 4 servings

Creamy coconut curried lentils and quinoa with fresh spinach.


  • 1 cup uncooked lentils, rinsed
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 2½ cups vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup green curry paste
  • ¾ tsp turmeric
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1½ tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • ½ cup coconut milk (plus more for topping if you'd like)
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • Naan bread for dipping (optional)


  1. Place lentils, quinoa, 2 cups of broth, curry paste, bay leaf and turmeric in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until lentils are mostly cooked. Add the remaining ½ cup of broth during cook time if lentils have absorbed all the water. You want to cook it until there is no liquid remaining. Turn the heat to medium if it’s not already.
  2. Keeping the saucepan on the heat, stir in the tomato paste (mixture should thicken a bit). Add butter, garlic, and garam masala; stir to combine until butter is melted. Add coconut milk and simmer for another 5-10 minutes or until thick and creamy.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in ginger and spinach until barely wilted.


Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum

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29 Responses to Coconut Green Curry Lentils and Quinoa

  1. Mmm I’m totally into lentils right now and this is another great recipe to add to my list!

  2. This looks lovely Katrina!
    I love curries too, and when you find a good paste or curry powder, it’s easy as chips! Where did you get the bread you served with it by the way? It looks amazing :D

  3. Whoa, this just looks so comforting. I want to curl up on the couch with it!

  4. We are a curry fanatical household too! That coconut milk on top – genius! It looks like a bowl of comfort waiting for me to dive in. Recipe, saved!

  5. Francesca says:

    Yes, Please! Gorgeous and Delicious I’m sure… will have to give it a try :) -xo-

  6. This looks really great! Great served with some naan.

  7. Where’s the naan when you need it :) Ahh, this looks wonderful!

  8. I love a good curry and this one looks so perfect!! Can’t wait to try this – love the addition of lentils :D

  9. Adri says:

    Yes, please! MY, but this sounds great!

  10. We are a strong lentil house hold here! Ben will love the lentils, and I will love the curry!

  11. Kathryn says:

    I really love the flavours in this; so warming and delicious.

  12. Love the South Indian appeal of this – great dish!

  13. Katrina, oh could I go for a bowl of curried lentils right now – and I love the creaminess the coconut milk adds. Yum!
    You’re making me very hungry:))

  14. Sues says:

    Seriously craving curry now! This looks so, so good!

  15. Eileen says:

    Oh yes! Curried lentils are really the best–super easy and fast and healthy and delicious all at once. I may need to start stockpiling coconut milk… :)

  16. i need to stock up on my lentils because i have seen 2-3 great recipes on lentils today.

  17. This looks lush- love using lentils in curries! :)

  18. Same here Katrina! I can eat curried lentils for dinner every, single, day. :P

  19. Oh how I wish this was my dinner! I have yet to get on the making-lentils-at-home bandwagon, but this recipe is finally forcing me on it. I have to try this.

  20. Joanne says:

    This cold weather has made me want to make curry every day for the rest of my life! Totally enamored with this. I can see why you had TWO BOWLS.

  21. Sounds amazing coconut and curry, perfectly:)

  22. I’m kinda a nut for lentils. And curry. And coconut. You pretty much made my dream bowl! :)

  23. Wow, I’m amazed by the colors here! It is such an mouthwatering dish, are we sure we’re speaking of lentils and quinoa :) ? Beautiful.

  24. That look gorgeous! And I love the flavor combo, sounds so satisfying.

  25. I’m on a total lentils kick at the moment and this recipe is screaming my name! Yum

  26. sippitysup says:

    Curried lentils sound like a healthy post-holiday “reboot”. GREG

  27. cheri says:

    This is my kind of dish. I am a lentil fiend. Thanks for sharing!

  28. We love curries in our house. This recipe looks awesome!

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