Pot of curried green lentils garnished with fresh cilantro.

Curried Green Lentils {slow cooker lentils}

With plenty of kale, coconut milk and tomatoes, these curried green lentils are not only delicious, they're budget friendly and great for meal prep! Slow cooker lentils never tasted so good! Enjoy with a dollop of yogurt and naan for a belly satisfying meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword green lentil recipe, slow cooker recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 256kcal
Author Dawn - Girl Heart Food


  • 1.5 cup green lentils -picked over for rocks and rinsed
  • 796 ml canned tomatoes -about 3 cups (if whole peeled, crush with hands or potato masher before adding to slow cooker)
  • 1 can coconut milk -full fat
  • 2 cups vegetable broth -unsalted
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp curry paste -or powder
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 red thai chili -minced (or to taste)
  • 1 onion -sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic -minced
  • 4 cup kale -leaves from steams and bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 lemon -juiced
  • handful cilantro -leaves torn, or parsley


  • In a slow cooker on low setting, add all ingredients except salt, lemon and cilantro. Cook for 6 -7 hours (I cooked mine for 6 hours and the lentils were just done).
  • After six hours stir in salt and lemon juice. Garnish with cilantro or parsley. Enjoy!


  • If you like your lentils softer, simply continue cooking another hour or so.
  • Use a good quality can of tomatoes. San Marzano is great!
  • Speaking of tomatoes, the brand/variety you use could vary in salt content. Season to taste.
  • Similar to the canned tomatoes, unsalted vegetable broth was used here. If you use 'regular' or 'low sodium', you may need to use less added salt.
  • I love to use full fat coconut milk here.
  • If you like things less spicy, use less chili peppers (or omit entirely).
  • Don't have kale on hand? Sub with baby spinach. If opting for baby spinach, you can simply stir in at the end of cook time and the residual heat will wilt it.
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Nutrition (estimate only)

Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 435mg | Potassium: 707mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4245IU | Vitamin C: 64.9mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 5.3mg
Nutrition Facts
Curried Green Lentils {slow cooker lentils}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 256 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Sodium 435mg19%
Potassium 707mg20%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 4245IU85%
Vitamin C 64.9mg79%
Calcium 95mg10%
Iron 5.3mg29%
* Nutrition estimate only. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.