I’ve been using my slow cooker a lot this week because it’s hot outside and it’s HOT outside. I love slow cookers not only because they are mostly hands-off but they also contain their heat very well and don’t cause that dreaded ambient heat rise in your kitchen, so they’re really awesome.

It is true that I could have boiled these Coconut Curry Lentils on a stovetop, but instead I chose to cook them in my slow cooker, which saved me a lot of time and sweat.

The super delicious curry recipe will be revealed by Apronese below, don’t go anywhere, it only takes 5 minutes to know the recipe.

Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Lentils: How to Serve

As a lazy cook, it is not my favorite thing about using the slow cooker a lot in the summer, because the recipes tend to be very warm and heavy, more like those you would make in the winter.

To freshen these Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Lentils up a bit, I sprinkled finely diced red onion and a liberal amount of chopped cilantro on top, which gave them a little more of an interesting flavor to them.

If you don’t like cilantro, you could add some sliced green onion for a similar result. To make this dish even fresher, try adding plain yogurt and a squeeze of lime juice.

Coconut Curry Lentils Can Be Frozen?

In this recipe you’ll find a lot of rice, but it’s lucky that it freezes very well – rice and all! All you have to do is portion it out into single-serving freezer-safe containers, chill in the refrigerator for several hours, then place in the freezer for several hours.

How Big Should My Slow Cooker Be?

My favorite slow cooker is Hamilton Beach’s 6-quart slow cooker, which I use mostly for my slow cooker recipes and also for making other recipes with my lentils.

I like the old Hamilton Beach slow cookers, but I believe you can find a similar slow cooker here. (affiliate link) I use a very basic slow cooker for most of my recipes, so I will suggest using a 6-quart slow cooker.

In Order to Make Curry Powder, What Kind of Curry Powder Should I Use?

There are several brands of curry powders that you can choose from, depending on whether you prefer your lentils to be mild or spicy. I often get asked what brand curry powder I use, and I have enjoyed both the 365 brand curry powder and Sharwood’s curry powder, depending on my preference.

Side view of a bowl of Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Lentils

Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Lentils

This Coconut Curry Lentils recipe is an easy, fuss-free, fiber-packed vegan dinner that can be prepared in a slow cooker and stored in the freezer.

Prep Time: 30 mins/ Cook Time: 4 hrs/ Total Time: 4 hrs 30 mins

Servings: 10 cups


Coconut Curry Lentils

  • 1 yellow onion ($0.37)
  • 2 cloves garlic ($0.16)
  • 2 cups brown lentils ($1.36)
  • 1 sweet potato (about 3/4 lb.) ($0.98)
  • 2 carrots ($0.22)
  • 3 Tbsp curry powder (hot or mild) ($0.45)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves (optional) ($0.03)
  • 1 15oz. can petite diced tomatoes ($0.65)
  • 1 15oz. can tomato sauce ($0.99)
  • 3 cups vegetable broth* ($0.39)
  • 1 14oz. can coconut milk (full fat) ($2.47)

For Serving

  • 10 cups cooked rice ($0.99)
  • 1/2 red onion ($0.40)
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro or green onions ($0.40)


  • Peel the sweet potato, slice the carrots, and dice the sweet potato into small pieces (1/4-1/2 inch cubes) and slice the carrots into thin slices. Grate the onion and mince the garlic.
  • A slow cooker is a great way to combine onion, garlic, sweet potato, carrots, lentils, curry powder, cloves, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and vegetable broth. Once you have mixed everything together, cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 7-8 hours. At the end of cooking, the lentils should be soft and most of the liquid should have been absorbed by the lentils.
  • In a large pot, combine 2 cups of lentils with the coconut milk. Add salt and other spices and stir until well combined. Taste after adding the salt and adjust to your liking (the amount of salt necessary depends on what type of broth you used and the salt content of the canned tomatoes).
  • The lentil mixture should be added to a bowl along with one cup of the cooked rice, followed by one cup of the lentil mixture, topped with finely diced red onion and fresh cilantro to garnish.


Serving: 1 Serving ・ Calories: 507 kcal ・ Carbohydrates: 87 g ・ Protein: 17 g ・ Fat: 11 g ・ Sodium: 579 mg ・ Fiber: 17 g

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Overhead shot of Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Lentils in a bowl

How to Make Slow Cooker Curry Lentils – Step by Step Photos

Lentils and Vegetables in Slow Cooker

The onion is under all that stuff. You need to dice it and mince two cloves of garlic. You need to peel a sweet potato and two carrots (3/4 lb. and a pound.) Cut the sweet potatoes and carrots into dice and slices. In addition to the onion, the garlic, the sweet potato, and the carrots, I also added 2 cups uncooked brown lentils to the slow cooker.

Tomatoes and Spices in Slow Cooker

You can also add a 15-ounce can of petite diced tomatoes, a 15-ounce can of tomato sauce, three tablespoons of curry powder (mild or hot depending on how spicy you like your curry), and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves into the mix. I really like cloves in my curry, but if you aren’t a fan then feel free to leave them out.

Sharwoods Curry Powder

BTW, this is the curry powder I use. I picked it up at the grocery store, but it’s pretty potent. Curry powders can vary a lot from brand to brand in flavor and potency, so you might have to experiment to find one that you like.

When I want my dishes spicy, I add cayenne powder to them after. I prefer to buy mild curry powder and then add a bit of cayenne to dishes when I want them spicy.

Vegetable Broth in Slow Cooker

The final step is to add three cups of vegetable broth to the slow cooker and stir everything thoroughly until it is thoroughly mixed.

Slow Cooked Lentils

It’s best to cover the slow cooker with a lid and cook on high for four hours or on low for eight to nine hours, depending on your slow cooker.

During the cooking process, make sure the lentils don’t dry out, especially if the cooker runs extra hot or doesn’t hold in moisture well. If you notice that they are becoming dry or burned on the edges, add more water. When the lentils are done cooking, they should be soft and have absorbed all the broth.

Add Coconut Milk to Slow Cooked Curried Lentils

If you do not have enough salt or spices to add to the lentils, you can add the following amount of salt: 1 14oz can of full-fat coconut milk. Take the lentils and give them a taste.

The amount of salt that you should add will vary depending on how salty your vegetable broth and canned tomatoes are. I did not add any salt to mine, so I did not add any more salt.

If you feel that the lentils are too bland at this point, you can add half a teaspoon of salt or so to see if that will make the flavors pop.

Finished bowl of Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Lentils topped with red onion and cilantro

In order to serve the lentils, place 1 cup of cooked rice in a bowl followed by a cup of the coconut curried lentils. Add finely diced red onion and fresh cilantro (or green onions if you aren’t a cilantro fan) and you are ready to enjoy!

Additionally, you can add plain yogurt, a squeeze of fresh lime, or thinly sliced jalapeños as optional toppings

Close up of a forkful of Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Lentils

With these Coconut Curry Lentils, you are sure to have enough fuel for all of your summer adventures.

it’s not wrong when Apronese says this is a curry that you can cook easily and deliciously, because its ingredients are so fresh and clean, from lentils to coconut.

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