Easy Healthy Recipe: Coconut Red Lentil Curry in a Mug


Looking for an easy healthy recipe with a little spice? You’ll love this Red Lentil Curry in a Mug recipe! I was spring cleaning my pantry (because it needed a SERIOUS one)  and stumbled on a package of red lentils. It was about to expire and I did not want to waste it. I despise wasting food. I was about to make my favorite red lentil soup but thought it needed a spruce up. I don’t like eating the same dish over and over. Besides spring was on its way (hopefully) and I had my fair share of soups during this harsh Canadian winter.

So I turned to Pinterest for inspiration. I bet you do that and get lost as I was for some hours, sigh.  Most of the red lentil recipes were soup ones. It took me quite some time to find a non-soup one. I finally  stumbled on this  red lentil curry from Pinch Of Yum. It sounded delicious and so easy to make. Besides I had most of the ingredients on hand, or almost.

Let’s see how I made this easy healthy recipe, or rather re-made it, because I like making things my own.

Coconut Red Lentil Curry in a Mug: An Easy Healthy Recipe



The original red lentil curry recipe called for more ingredients and a larger dosage of curry. It called for 2 tsp of curry past. I changed it to 1 tsp. I wanted to make sure it was not too spicy for little ones. I added a potato because my daughter loves the texture and the taste.

  • 1½ cups red lentils, rinsed
  • 1 potato diced and already boiled.
  • ½ large onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tbsp of red curry
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 glove of fresh garlic
  • 1 tbsp of tomato paste
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • cilantro for garnishing
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Make this healthy recipe:
  1. Cook the lentils according to directions. Drain.
  2. Dice the potato
  3. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Add onions and cook until it softened.
  4. Add the potato and stir.
  5. Add the curry powder, salt and pepper, garlic, tomato paste and stir fry for few minutes
  6.  Add 2 cups of water and let it simmer until all the spices are well blended
  7. Add the lentils and the cream.  Let it simmer for 10 minutes. Make sure not to burn them.
  8. Decorate with Cilantro
  9. I served as is in a nice mug. You can eat it as is (my favorite way of eating it), serve with rice, noodles, or our delicious homemade garlic bread.


This healthy recipe is a hybrid between a soup and a potato mash. I like the flavors and combination. It’s perfect for a healthy lunch at home or in the lunchboxes!

What do you think of this easy healthy recipe? Have you ever had red lentil curry? Tell us in the comments!

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26 thoughts on “Easy Healthy Recipe: Coconut Red Lentil Curry in a Mug”

  1. Good Afternoon Olfa, I have just started using coconut oil in my cooking so I was interested to read your coconut lentil curry recipe.
    I have all the ingredients, so I am going to be trying this recipe. The weather here in the North of England is very hit and miss where the sunshine is concerned, so I feel sure, when we have one of our famous grey, overcast days, your soup will be perfect.
    Best Wishes

  2. My husband loves curries but they intimidate me a little. This one sounds easy enough so I will try making it for him.

  3. This is very different from anything I have ever made before but it does sound delicious. I love all the flavors and should try to make it.

  4. I’m eager to try this. I’ve only made lentils once before and I really liked them, but haven’t found another recipe that I’ve liked that used them. I love coconut so I’m guessing this one will please the taste buds!

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