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Pumpkin, Red Lentil & Coconut Curry

Pumpkin, Red Lentil & Coconut Curry
Prep time
10 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 4
Allergens: Cilantro, Coconut, Peanut, Tomatoes


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 14⅒ oz coconut milk
  • 2 tbsps creamy peanut butter
  • 14⅒ oz crushed tomato
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ lemon juice
  • 16 oz pumpkin
  • 6⅔ oz red lentils
  • 3½ oz spinach
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder (ground)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth


  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large, deep skillet or a large saucepan and add the garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring, for a minute.
  2. Add the turmeric, cumin, curry powder, coriander, chili powder, and garam masala and cook, stirring, for a minute more until fragrant.
  3. Add the lentils, pumpkin, canned tomatoes, and broth. Stir to combine. Give a taste and add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cover with a lid. Simmer for 25-30 minutes, until the lentils are cooked through and mostly softened and the pumpkin is tender.
  5. Remove the lid, increase the heat, and add the coconut milk (reserve about ¼ cup for garnish if you want to get some white color in the skillet as in my photos), peanut butter, and lemon juice. Cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes more.
  6. Turn off the heat and stir in the spinach. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and top with the reserved coconut milk, if desired.
  7. Serve with cooked basmati rice or Indian flatbread (naan, roti, paratha).

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