Spicy lentil quinoa curry

    1 hour 10 min

    This flavourful vegetarian Indian-style curry is made with mushrooms, carrots, lentils, quinoa and lots of mouthwatering spices, including garam masala. It is very adaptable and can be made with whatever veggies you happen to have at whatever spice level you prefer. Leave out the butter and cream to make it vegan - it will still taste great.

    6 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 150g diced onion
    • 75g chopped mushrooms
    • 75g chopped carrots
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 litre vegetable stock
    • 250ml water
    • 200g green lentils
    • 85g quinoa
    • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
    • 2 tablespoons curry powder
    • 1 tablespoon chilli powder
    • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
    • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 teaspoon garam masala
    • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
    • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
    • 60ml cream or milk
    • 1 tablespoon butter

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until softened, about 3 minutes. Mix in mushrooms, carrots and garlic; cook until flavours combine, about 2 minutes.
    2. Stir vegetable stock, water, lentils, quinoa, tomato paste, curry powder, chilli powder, cumin, ginger, cayenne pepper, garam masala, turmeric, salt and pepper into the saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover; let simmer until vegetables are cooked through, about 40 minutes.
    3. Stir butter and cream (or milk) into the saucepan. Replace the lid and cook until the lentils are tender, about 5 minutes.

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    This was delicious and so easy to make. It is the first quinoa recipe I made for my kids and they loved it. I changed some of the veggies, but I followed the spices and method. Excellent reheated. Thank you for the recipe.  -  31 Jul 2016


    Indian spices taste authentic in this recipe. I used red quinoa and ended up using up my chile and cayenne pepper, so I included about 1/4 tsp. less of these seasonings, which probably made it less spicy for us. If you want to tone down the spiciness, you can add plain yogurt as a side and mix it in slowly. I also included basmati rice as a side. Additionally, I sprinkled fresh cilantro on top to try to use up what I had left. I wish I had understood how to cut the carrots before making the recipe. Next time I am going to dice the carrots into small squares rather than discs.  -  14 Apr 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Extremely good texture and flavor. Like others I substituted chicken stock for water yo add flavor. This recipe is spicy HOT, to hot for my wife who doesn't mind medium hot, it calms down a bit overnight but I'll definitely cut way back on the Cyan pepper next batch.  -  12 Apr 2017  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)