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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! Such a delicious and filling meal––you have to try it!

Red Lentil Tikka Masala [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Ingredients You Need for Red Lentil Tikka Masala [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

  • 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

How to Prepare Red Lentil Tikka Masala [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

  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.
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    Nutritional Information

    Total Calories: 1308 | Total Carbs: 200 g | Total Fat: 33 g | Total Protein: 60 g | Total Sodium: 3131 g | Total Sugar: 51 g (Per Serving) Calories: 262 | Carbs: 40 g | Fat: 7 g | Protein: 12 g | Sodium: 626 g | Sugar: 10 g

    Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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      1. We’re so glad you enjoyed it! If you got any pictures of your creation make sure to tag us using #Foodmonsterapp on Instagram so we can feature you on our page!

    1. 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.

    2. 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.