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Caril de lentilhas vermelhas com pão naan

Red Lentil Curry with Naan Bread


Indian cuisine is one of my favorites and this Red Lentil Curry with Naan Bread is something else!

My family has always cooked a lot of Indian food – after all, we do have Indian origins.

In fact, I am fascinated by the way my grandmother and my mother cook, and I always keep an eye out to see if I can learn anything while they are around the kitchen making wonderful food.

Well, with my mother it is impossible. Besides having a supersonic speed when cooking, she is one of those superwomen who says: it’s all in the eye, you see… and she throws a lot of things in the pot and I don’t understand a thing! ahah

But you always pick up a few things.

And this red lentil curry with naan bread was one of the dishes I had been meaning to get right for ages!

I admit I was MEGA proud when my mom asked me, “But did you get this recipe out of my recipe notebook? It’s great!”.

To which I replied, “No, I learned it from the best! And by eye”.

Meanwhile I’ve already won points with this answer. ahah As my mother says: “You always have an answer for everything!”

Back to my curry.

I used the best ingredients, provided by Popat Store, a store well known among the Indian community and off I went to put on a show!

There is nothing that makes me more proud than cooking Indian food and being a success at home. It’s just that my family is demanding, believe me!

Deep down inside, I also know that there is nothing that makes them prouder than to see me embracing my roots.

Cliché, yes I know. But it’s so true. You can see it in their faces!

Anyway, enough of this mushy talk. Let’s just make this red lentil curry with naan bread, which is just out of this world!

Don’t worry, the recipes are all explained here. Forget all the “I’ll make it by eye” talk.

Hope you like it. 🙂


Would you like to read more vegetarian recipes with lentils? Check out his Bolognese Lentils.

Caril de lentilhas vermelhas com pão naan popat store


How do you make this Red Lentils Curry with Naan Bread?

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • Coconut oil Popat Store
  • Cumin seeds Popat Store
  • Chopped onion
  • Chopped garlic cloves
  • Grated ginger
  • Salt
  • Paprika Popat Store
  • Cumin Popat Store
  • Turmeric Popat Store
  • Tomato paste
  • Red lentilsPopat Store
  • Coconut milk Popat Store
  • Chopped coriander
  • Lime
  • Plain yogurt
  • Red chili pepper
  • Naan bread Popat Store
  • Basmati rice Popat Store
  • Star Anise Popat Store

What tricks will ensure that this Red Lentils Curry with Naan Bread tastes just right?

  • To begin with, the rice has to be cooked to perfection!
    • If your rice always turns out badly, the trick is: 1 measure of rice to 2 measures of water.
    • You should rinse the rice well with warm water before putting it in the pot, so that the starch comes out.
    • Cook the rice on high heat until it starts boiling, then continue cooking the rice on medium / low heat.
  • Respect the cooking time of the lentils, always keeping an eye on them as all stoves are different.
  • Coconut milk is essential for this red lentil curry with naan bread.
  • The tomato paste also makes all the difference in the flavor of the curry.
  • As for the spices, it should be noted that turmeric adds color to the dish, while cumin and paprika give it a more intense flavor.
  • Lime is a good complement of acidity, making the dish lighter and fresher.
  • It is essential to finish with a good dose of chopped coriander, for a more intense and fresh aroma.


Caril de lentilhas vermelhas com pão naan popat


Let’s check the step-by-step?

5 from 1 vote

Red Lentil Curry with Naan Bread

For those who love Indian food, this is a dish that will surely fill your soul. A red lentil curry with naan bread, which is surprisingly good. Full of flavor, textures, and colors!
Prep time:10 minutes
Cook Time:40 minutes
Total time:50 minutes
Keywords: coconut curry, Healthy food, Indian food, lentils, naan, Red Lentil Curry with Naan Bread, vegetarian food
Portions: 4 servings


  • 2 tbsp coconut oil Popat Store
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds Popat Store
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp paprika Popat Store
  • 1 tsp powder cumin Popat Store
  • ½ tsp turmeric Popat Store
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup red lentils Popat Store
  • 1 can coconut milk Popat Store
  • 1 handfull  coriander, chopped
  • Lime juice to taste
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt
  • Red chili peppers for garnish
  • Naan Bread Popat Store
  • Basmati rice Popat Store
  • 2 to 3 star anise Popat Store


  • Start by placing the coconut oil in a stockpot and turn the heat on to high power.
  • As soon as the coconut oil is very hot, add the cumin seeds and fry until they begin to release their aroma. To let you know the right point, they should start popping like popcorn.
  • Put in the onion and saute until it starts to get soft and translucent.
  • Add the garlic and ginger and saute some more. 
  • Add the salt, paprika, powdered cumin, and turmeric, and mix well.
  • Add the tomato paste and mix very well again.
  • Add the lentils and the coconut milk, fold them in the mix and cover the pot so that it boils for 20 min.
  • Uncover the pan and let it cook for another 10 min.
  • Add the coriander, previously chopped, and mix well, so that the aromas are released.
  • Let it rest for 5 min and add the lime juice.
  • Garnish with some plain yogurt and slices of red chili pepper.
  • Serve it with naan bread and white basmati rice, flavored with star anise (just put the star anise on top of the rice, so you can smell the aroma).


It is possible to make this curry with other types of lentils, notably green or yellow lentils. However, the cooking times may need to be adjusted.
You can also experiment with other legumes such as chickpeas, azuki beans, or peas.
If you want to add vegetables and/or chicken pieces, just put them in before the lentils and let them cook slightly.
As for rice, simple basmati rice is the most traditional option. If you want a more elaborate and wonderful one, add onion and cinnamon sticks while cooking the rice.

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Avaliação da receita

  1. 5 stars
    Ficou simplesmente magnífico! Fiz juntamente com o Naan e é uma verdadeira delícia! Parabéns

    (só acho que podia ter aqui a conversão para gramas, pois tive alguma dificuldade. Na pesquisa das conversões encontrei sempre valores diferentes de site para site)

    1. Olá Mariana,

      Fico muito contente que tenhas gostado! Yeei São 2 receitas maravilhosas, que eu adoro.

      Eu costumo colocar as medidas em cups, porque facilita muito. Eu uso cups americanos (1 cup = 250ml). No entanto, a ideia dos cups é que cada pessoa possa facilmente fazer com o que tem em casa, sem precisar de medir/pesar. Ou seja, podes usar um copo ou uma caneca como “o teu cup” e desde que utilizes sempre essa medida, é bem fácil de adaptar.

      O importante é mesmo que se siga as proporções, idependentemente do tamanho real do cup. 🙂

      Espero ter ajudado e sempre que precisares, podes entrar em contacto comigo.

      Um beijinho,
      No Cheat Day