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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  • 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.

    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.