Side view of curried lentils in white-and-blue oval dish wrapped in green cloth, with cooked rice in bowl in background.

Curried Beluga Lentils with Vegetables

This delicious curried beluga lentils recipe can be enjoyed as a side or vegan/vegetarian main dish. Serve with either rice, quinoa or couscous.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Indian Fusion
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 -5 servings
Calories 238kcal
Author Monika Dabrowski


  • 1/2 cup lentils, beluga, green puy lentils or ordinary green
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 large tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 red pepper seeds removed, roughly chopped
  • 2/3 tbsp coarse sea salt plus plenty of pepper
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk ± 2 tbs depending on how thick you want the sauce to be
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1.5 tsp each ground coriander and turmeric
  • 1/3 tsp each cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 6 green cardamom pods
  • 4 tbsp cilantro, for serving finely chopped


  • In a saucepan heat up the coconut oil, add the bay leaf, ginger, garlic, onion, stir and add all the spices. Stir and cook for a minute or so over a medium heat. 
  • Add the lentils, celery, tomatoes, tomato paste and the pepper, season and stir thoroughly.  Cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes (or until the lentils are tender) stirring occasionally.  Add the coconut milk half way through cooking.  Serve with chopped fresh cilantro.


  • Use any lentils that keep their shape well.  In addition to beluga lentils other suitable options would be green lentils and Puy lentils. 
  • Beluga lentils do NOT require soaking.
  • Storing: keep leftovers refrigerated, covered, for up to 3 days.  Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
  • You may have to add a splash of water or coconut milk to loosen the mixture when reheating.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 1242mg | Potassium: 531mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1841IU | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 5mg