Roasted Cauliflower Lentil Curry – Red Lentil Curry

Cauliflower Lentil Curry

I made this Roasted Cauliflower Lentil Curry because, right now, I’m just really loving lentils. More and more, we are trying to use and eat less animal products.

Cauliflower Lentil Curry

Cauliflower Lentil Curry

Why Are Lentils Great?

Lentils are nutrition super stars. If you’re looking for lean protein, high fiber, iron, and folate, lentils have it all going on. I know, right?  Lentils, just the name of them, might sound boring.  But you won’t think so, once you try this super easy and amazingly delicious dish. Lentils add a heartiness, and a great texture to any dish. I love using lentils in soups and stews, and this curry was made for lentils. You can find lots more info about these versatile pulses at Pulse Canada.

Cauliflower is Easy & healthy

This roasted cauliflower lentil curry is a healthy and quick dinner fix. It’ll fill your kitchen with mouth-watering aromas and fill your tummy with goodness. Roast the cauliflower to bring out extra depth of flavor and sweetness; it’s just as easy as steaming. Red lentils cook up faster than other kinds, and they have a nice orange color, so if you have them, use them for this recipe. However, any lentils will work as long as you pay attention to the cooking time on the package.

Rice or Naan, the Perfect Accompaniments For Curry

You should eat this roasted cauliflower red lentil curry with basmati rice and/or naan bread to complete your dinner experience. And, you can even try making your own naan bread if you want. Seriously, it’s super easy and so much better than store bought. And I have the recipe for you right here! Naan Bread.

Lentils are fun to explore, and if you like this recipe, you might also like Moroccan Chicken & Lentils, or Southwestern Veggie Burgers.

Cauliflower Lentil Curry
Cauliflower Lentil Curry

How to Make Roasted Cauliflower Lentil Curry

Roasted Cauliflower Red Lentil Curry

This incredibly delicious curry is easy to make and super healthy for any day of the week. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Vegetarian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 241 kcal


  • 1 small cauliflower cut into bite sized florets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup dried red lentils
  • 1 796 ml 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 414 ml 14 oz can light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On the parchment, toss cauliflower florets with olive oil until all lightly coated, and spread in a single layer. Roast for 15 minutes until golden and tender. Set aside.
  • In a large, deep skillet, heat coconut oil over medium high, and add onion, garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring for about 5 minutes until onion is translucent. Add lentils and turmeric, cumin, coriander, and red pepper flakes. Stir to coat, then add tomatoes, and coconut milk.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 20 - 25 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed and lentils are tender but not mushy.
  • Add peas and roasted cauliflower and continue to cook just until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and garnish with cilantro. Serve with basmati rice and/or naan bread, and Greek yogurt.


Serving: 1gCalories: 241kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 12gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 10mgPotassium: 521mgFiber: 14gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 90IUVitamin C: 5.8mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 4.6mg
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Roasted Cauliflower Red Lentil Curry
Roasted Cauliflower Red Lentil Curry


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7 thoughts on “Roasted Cauliflower Lentil Curry – Red Lentil Curry

  1. I made this tonight and it was a hit. So many recipes similar to this one are bland. This was from it. Thank you! Both the meat eaters and vegetarians in my household loved it.

    1. Jen, I’m so glad to hear from you and super happy that this recipe was a hit, because it’s one of my very favourites. Thank you so much for coming back to comment.

  2. So good, thank you for the recipe. I thought I had coconut milk, but realized I didn’t. So I substituted whole milk. I also added 1tsp salt. We will be making this again!

    1. Hi Rachel, Thanks for your comment! I’m so glad it worked out for you in spite of not having the coconut milk. It’s great to get your feedback! 🙂

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