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Slow Cooker Curried Lentils

Slow Cooker Curried Lentils
  • Gluten Free!
Serves: 12
Ready In: 8-10 hours in slow cooker

Why We Like It

Curry flavored the slow cooker?  Yes!  And this flavor loaded stew turns out fantastic!  You will want to use dried uncooked (found in a bag) brown or green lentils in this recipe.  Canned lentils, and red, orange, and yellow dried lentils, will breakdown too quickly as they cook and become very soft and mushy.  Green or brown dried lentils will hold their shape and texture better.  Serve with rice or cauliflower rice, if desired, and top with your favorite toppings such as raisins, peanuts and fresh cilantro for a delicious Indian-inspired meal!  The Homemade Naan Bread would also be a great addition to this meal!

Prepare the Slow Cooker:

  • 2 cups lentils (brown or green, dried and uncooked, rinse before adding)
  • 3 cups vegetable broth (low sodium)
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes (low sodium, with their juice)
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 medium yellow onion (or white onion, chopped)
  • 1 sweet potato (about 1 1/2 cups, chopped, no need to peel)
  • 1 cup carrots (chopped)
  • 3 Tbsp curry powder
  • 4 garlic cloves (finely diced or minced, or use 1 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger (grated, or 1/2 tsp ground ginger)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

First, rinse the lentils in a colander.  Add them, along with everything else to the slow cooker.

Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Add Last:

  • 1 (14 oz) can light coconut milk
  • 2 cups kale (leaves cut from stems and chopped, or use fresh spinach or Swiss chard)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (OPTIONAL, to taste)

Add to the slow cooker about 10 minutes before serving.  Stir to combine…the kale will start to wilt once it gets added to the hot stew.

Taste and add salt if desired.

Cook the Rice (OPTIONAL):

  • 1 cup brown rice (uncooked, or more if desired)

Cook rice according to package directions (adjusting the amount based on how many you are serving).

Serve and Enjoy!

  • 2 Tbsp raisins (OPTIONAL)
  • 1/4 cup peanuts (chopped, OPTIONAL)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (chopped, OPTIONAL)

Serve curried lentil stew with a serving of rice, if desired, and top with any of these optional toppings!

Quick Tips

This recipe makes a lot!  So you are set for leftovers for several days or, keep in mind, it freezes great!


Nutrition Information for one serving (without optional toppings)

  • Calories: 300
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.5 g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 45 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Sugars: 7 g
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Sodium: 325 mg