Curried Red Lentil and Spinach Stew

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Quick and easy curried red lentil and spinach stew is a rich and flavorful recipe that’s great for chilly weeknights!

I created this recipe for my client, RedPack, to help them promote their Crush Hunger campaign. As always, thank you for supporting the brands that keep me inspired in the kitchen. Curried Red Lentil and Spinach Stew

When we were in college, Shawn and I made curry for dinner at least once a week. It was affordable, filling, and a nice break from pasta and nachos. When we first started making them, we used jarred sauces. Then one day I noticed a curry cookbook in the bargain bin at the bookstore. As they say, the rest was history. We don’t make it as often these days, but it is nice when we need a change of pace.

Making flavorful curries at home is really easy and, once you have a good stock of spices built up, many of them can be made using staple ingredients that you probably already have.

This curried lentil and spinach stew is my own creation, loosely inspired by two of my favorites: tikka masala and saag. Red lentils cook quickly and have a creamy texture and more delicate flavor than brown or green lentils. Spinach amps up the nutrition and adds flavor. The creamy tomato sauce gets it’s flavor from onions, garlic, and spices and is finished with coconut milk to make it extra luxurious. Serve it over rice or with naan (I always have some in the freezer) for an easy and filling winter meal.

If you have lentils left over, you’ll also love this Moroccan red lentil soup!

Curried Red Lentil and Spinach Stew

Curried Red Lentil and Spinach Stew

This recipe was inspired by RedPack TomatoesCrush Hunger campaign. Throughout October, they’re partnering with Feeding America to donate a meal to a family in need for every product sold. They have a goal of 2 million meals donated. That means October is a great time to stock up on tomatoes for all of your fall soup and stew needs – you can help put a meal on the table of a family in need simply by purchasing a product that will help feed your own family.

RedPack has been a family-owned company for 75 years, and they have a commitment to doing things the right way. Their whole peeled tomatoes were even voted “Best Canned Tomatoes” by Epicurious! Following the theme of “crushing” hunger, I chose to use make a recipe using their crushed tomatoes. They’re packed in tomato paste, so they’re extra thick – perfect for making hearty sauces like this one.

Curried Red Lentil and Spinach Stew

Curried Red Lentil and Spinach Stew

Curried Red Lentil and Spinach Stew

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 293kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red onion thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 large can 28 ounces RedPack crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • Fresh cilantro for serving


  • Heat the oil in a large, deep-sided pan. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in the garlic, ginger, garam masala, and turmeric; cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the crushed tomatoes, water, and lentils.
  • Cover the pan, leaving the lid slightly ajar, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, until the lentils are tender. Stir in the spinach and vinegar and cook until the spinach is wilted. Slowly stir in the coconut milk. Season to taste with salt.
  • Top with fresh cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
Curried Red Lentil and Spinach Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 293 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Sodium 281mg12%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 12g24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hi, I'm Lauren!

I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie. Read more...


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3 thoughts on “Curried Red Lentil and Spinach Stew”

  1. Wow! Curried Red Lentil and Spinach Stew seems to be delicious and easy to make. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


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