Red Lentil Curry

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from allrecipes

supposedly serves 8

goes well with Gewurztraminer or dry Riesling.


  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger root, minced
  • 1 (14.25 ounce) can tomato puree


  1. Wash lentils in cold water until the water runs clear.
  2. Simmer in a covered pot until tender.
  3. Caramelize the onions in oil.
  4. While the onions are cooking, combine curry paste and powder, turmeric, cumin, chili powder, salt, sugar, garlic, and ginger in a bowl. Mix well.
  5. When onions are translucent, add spices and cook over high heat for 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Stir in the tomato puree and reduce heat, allow curry base to simmer until lentils are ready.
  7. When the lentils are tender, drain any excess water and return to pot.
  8. Mix in curry base and serve immediately over rice.