Vegan Lentil Stew (One Pot & Easy)

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

This Vegan Lentil Stew is packed with amazing coconut and curry flavours layered deeply into lentils simmering in a rich and creamy curry broth. The perfect one-pot meal! It’s such a comfort dish!

Hand dipping bread into vegan lentil stew.

We all have a bag of lentils in the back of our pantry. Sitting there, waiting for us, ready to create an unexpected protein-packed dish. That’s how I stumbled upon making this delightful lentil stew. After whipping up another batch of my coconut curry lentil soup, Gav devoured it yet again. Then he tried something different – he cooked it down. He just wanted to reduce some of the liquid, make it more like my chickpea curry. Then he left it on for a few more minutes and made a stew. It was a simple step but truly blew our minds. Why have we never made a stew yet?! 

This Lentil Stew is the ultimate comfort dish. Layered with coconut flavours, curry flavours, it’s one bowl, delightfully simple and tastes phenomenal. 

A large wood spoon stirring vegan lentil stew.

How to make Lentil Stew 

Lentil stew is as simple as simmering down the ingredients and letting them do all the magic. Feel free to add more seasonings and truly make it your own. 

What goes well with Vegan Lentil Stew?

This lentil stew is best enjoyed in a few wonderful ways:

This, a glass of red wine, some rustic bread and a side salad? YES please!!

Top down view of vegan lentil stew in a pot with a slice of bread.

Bread dipped into a pot of lentil stew.

Vegan Lentil Stew

This Vegan Lentil Stew is packed with amazing coconut and curry flavours layered deeply into lentils simmering in a rich and creamy curry broth. The perfect one-pot meal! It's such a comfort dish!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Course Dinner, Lunch, Soups
Cuisine American
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ginger 
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste - I use this vegan one
  • 1/2 large red onion minced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (to taste) 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon to 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or any sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon light soy sauce or liquid aminos/gluten free tamari/coconut aminos
  • 1 1/2 cups dry green lentils rinsed and picked over
  • 1 13.4 ounce can of coconut milk (full fat or lite) (383g)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tablespoons sambal oelek or Sriracha (optional, for heat)


  • In a pan over medium-high heat, heat the sesame oil. Add in the minced ginger and curry paste to fry it, stirring into the oil, for about 1 minute.
  • Add in the chopped onion and the garlic and cook until the onion is slightly translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Place the sea salt, black pepper, coconut sugar, and liquid aminos on top and stir everything together. Add in the lentils and stir again.
  • Add in the coconut milk and the veggie broth. Bring the soup to a boil and then lower to a simmer, allowing to simmer for about 30 to 40 minutes, until your lentils are fully cooked through. Stir the stew occasionally. You can let it simmer even more if desired.
  • Squeeze the lime over, stir, and then remove from heat. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  • Add in any of the optional add-ins/toppings. Stir in the sambal oelek (or Sriracha) or scotch bonnet pepper sauce if using.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 403mg | Potassium: 463mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 729IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 3mg
by Jessica

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  1. Serene Almomen says:

    5 stars
    So so good. My husband was complaining about the meatless dish but he ate three plates of this with bread! It is that good. I used cooked lentils. Followed same recipe but added 2 tablespoons of tapioca flour at the end to thicken the sauce. So yum! Will be on repeat in our #meatlessmonday.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Oh wow we’re so happy that you and your husband like it Serene. Thank you!

  2. Ashley Bair says:

    5 stars
    Such an easy to make dish but the taste profile is so rich! Really one of my favourites! Thanks Jess

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Thank you so much for reading Ashley! We’re so happy that you love it.

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