Easy prawn and lentil curry

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Easy prawn and lentil curry
Easy prawn and lentil curry
  • Serves: 4

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

Easy prawn and lentil curry is one of our favourite options for when you're in a hurry! It's really filling, healthy and so easy to make. Lentils are high in fibre and have so many nutrients, they're a low-calorie pulse and have virtually no fat so you can't go wrong with them! This curry is the perfect recipe for a speedy dinner or lunch, but it's actually just as nice if you want to leave the prawns out and have it as a side dish to an Indian feast. Depending on how much heat you can handle, you might want to leave the chilli out, or you can add more if you like your curry a bit more fiery!


  • ½ tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1½ tbsp mild curry paste
  • ¾ tsp fennel seeds
  • ½-1 red chilli, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • 200g split red lentils, rinsed
  • 1x400g tin half-fat coconut milk
  • 300g raw peeled king prawns
  • 250g fresh baby spinach
  • A large handful coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • Natural yogurt, chilli or mango chutney, to serve

If you don't have any prawns, you can just as easily sliced chicken breast instead


  1. Heat the oil in wide pan, cook the onion for 5 mins or until softened and golden. Add the curry paste, fennel seeds and chilli, mix well and fry for another min.

  2. Stir in the lentils, coconut milk and 150ml of water, bring to the boil, then leave to simmer for 20 mins or until cooked through – add another splash of water 
if it starts to look dry.

  3. Add the prawns for the last 5 mins of the cooking time, then stir in the spinach – remove from the heat once it’s wilted. Stir in the coriander and serve with yogurt and chutney.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 360(kcal)
  • Fat 12.0g
  • Saturates 7.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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