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Slow Cooker Red Lentil Curry (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This slow cooker red lentil curry will leave you full and satisfied, with the addition of carrots and cauliflower. Served over cauliflower coconut rice, this curry is the perfect way to warm up on a cold night. Gluten free, vegan, and so simple, this meal will be waiting for you when you get home from a long day at work!

slow cooker red lentil curry is gluten free

I have a confession. I’ve always been a little scared to make curry at home. I figured I could never create those iconic flavors without a ton of spices and time. But I of course was wrong. I will tell you I took some simple shortcuts to make this meal accessible to most home cooks. I used store bought curry powder, turmeric, garlic powder, ginger, and cumin to build the flavor profile here. This is a recipe I want you to feel good about serving to the entire family, and having to fuss over dinner after a long day is a win in my book. You may want to hold back on adding all the curry powder until you portion out a few servings for the kiddos though, it is just slightly spicy (nothing Dave couldn’t handle though, so it’s not that hot lol).

Growing up, I had never heard of curry, nor was I exposed to many different cultures of food. My mom made a home cooked meal every night. We rotated between the same 5-8 recipes all year long. Tacos and spaghetti were as exotic as we got! Needless to say, as an adult, I’ve really enjoyed getting to experience food. Now that I”m grown up, it blows my mind that my mom would come home and cook for an hour or more most nights just go get dinner on the table. I love to cook and would spend my entire day in the kitchen, but sometimes after a long day, it’s the last thing I want to do. My poor mom would have loved to have a slow cooker back in those days, to save her from cooking every night!

Simple slow cooker red lentil curry in a bowl

It seems like  now a days everyone is always on the go. It blows my mind when I’m talking to ladies at the gym just how jam packed their schedules are. It’s a surprise to me that anyone gets fed, let alone having time to cook dinner every night! But that’s what the slow cooker is for!! Just add all you ingredients before you leave for work, turn it on low for 8 hours and when you get home, your house will smell amazing and dinner will be ready.

I originally created this recipe for my nutrition clients for their easy to follow meal plan. I truly believe that having food planned and prepared is the best way to meet your nutrition goals. If you are interested in learning more, make sure to check out the 30 day fat loss meal plan.

Red Lentil Curry Recipe Tips

I served this slow cooker red lentil curry with coconut cauliflower rice I made as a way to offset some of the heat from the curry. It was super simple. To make cauliflower rice, you just add cauliflower florets to a food processor and pulse until they look like rice. Then you microwave for 5-6 minutes on high. Add 1/2 cup of lite coconut milk, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. ground ginger. If you don’t want to make cauliflower rice, you can make basmati  rice and add the coconut milk and ground ginger to the basmati rice.

coconut milk

When you are buying coconut milk, be sure to read the can. Because there is so much fat in the coconut milk, it’s important to make sure that you are using a BPA free can. I found that the Lite Coconut Milk at Trader Joe’s is in a BPA free can, you can also get it on Amazon Native Forest Organic Coconut Milk Lite (affiliate link)

Simple slow cooker red lentil curry in a bowl
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Simple slow cooker red lentil curry in a bowl

Slow Cooker Red Lentil Curry

This simple slow cooker red lentil curry recipe is the perfect dinner after a long day. Ready to eat when you get home. Gluten free, vegan, and super simple, this recipe is sure to warm you up on a chilly night!
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: curry
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 4



  • Add the ingredients (except for the coconut milk) to the crockpot and cook high 4-6 hours or low for 8. Right before serving, stir in the coconut milk.
  • Serve over cauliflower rice mixed with lite coconut milk, 1/2 tsp. ground ginger and 1/2 tsp. salt. You can also use quinoa or basmati rice instead of cauliflower rice. .
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Maurita Newton

Monday 10th of June 2019

Put coconut milk in by mistake and mixed it all up....will that matter?

Samantha Rowland

Friday 5th of July 2019

Nope! Hope you enjoyed it!


Monday 20th of November 2017

I see kale is mentioned in the directions but not in the list of ingredients. How much and when do you add it? Thanks!


Tuesday 21st of November 2017

Hi Mary!, No kale in this recipe, sorry about that and thanks for letting me know! Recipe updated :).


Wednesday 20th of January 2016

My husband would love this...he is a big fan of anything curry! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday and I hope to see you tomorrow! Pinned!

Easy Peasy Life Matters

Wednesday 20th of January 2016

We love curry and lentils at our house so this will be fun to try! Thanks for sharing on the Marvelous in my Monday link up :)


Tuesday 19th of January 2016

This looks perfect for my family, we are vegetarians and I love the slow cooker. Thank you for the inspiration X