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Red Lentil Tikka Masala [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Everything about this red lentil tikka masala is wonderful. The flavors are on point, the texture on point, the satisfaction on point ... everything! Red lentils are cooked in a creamy, spicy sauce that will delight your palate and keep you full. Plus, it cooks in just 30 minutes!

Red Lentil Tikka Masala [Vegan, Gluten-Free]



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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, small dice
  • 1 small Serrano or jalapeño pepper, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Sauté onion and serrano pepper in olive oil until just soft.
  2. Add in ginger, garlic, garam masala, and tomato paste. Stir until fragrant (about 1 minute).
  3. Add your crushed tomatoes, coconut sugar, and vegetable broth. Stir well to combine then add the red lentils.
  4. Bring mixture to a simmer, turn the heat down to a low simmer, and cover. Cook for 25-30 minutes until lentils are tender.
  5. Stir in coconut milk and cilantro. Adjust seasoning as needed.




Deceptively easy desserts and globally-isnpired dinners that are wholesome, healthy, flavorful. Kristen Genton is the blogger behind Good Habits and Guilty Pleasures. Growing up overseas in 7 different countries has definitely shaped her taste buds to be anything but ordinary as she creates recipes that are wholesome, healthy, and flavorful. After switching careers to pursue her passion for food by attending culinary school, Kristen has taken the next step by deciding to live a plant based lifestyle and wants to share her creations with the world. Her goal is to show that vegans can have incredibly delicious and nutrient dense foods that both promote your good habits and satisfy your guilty pleasures!



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4 comments on “Red Lentil Tikka Masala [Vegan, Gluten-Free]”

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7 Months Ago

OMG, this recipe is to die for! I left out the hot pepper and it came out just right.

Hayley Restivo
20 Mar 2018

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1 Years Ago

I put in some sweetened Coconut milk I have ...and I would not do that again! However, the milk did thicken the dish a slightly.|This dish really needs some rice and perhaps putting chickpeas in would substantiate it.

1 Years Ago

I am making this dish right now..would love to know if the coconut milk is the stuff like cow milk or coconut cream...to thicken up the dish.


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