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Vegan Butternut and Lentil Curry with Cumin Roasted Cauliflower

Super flavourful vegan butternut and lentil curry with cumin roasted cauliflower. Such a delicious vegan curry!

vegan butternut lentil curry

I make this vegan butternut and lentil curry with cumin roasted cauliflower curry ALL the time but I always forget to write down the measurements.

Which is why it has taken me so long to get it posted, sorry about that. But now you can enjoy it too and I am so excited to share it with you! This curry is creamy, coconutty and full of flavour.

It is such a filling and comforting dish for all the family (or just yourself). And tastes just as good, if not better, three days later (I had it for lunch today, and was so sad when I had my last mouthful).

The most hands on part about this recipe is prepping the butternut squash. I think this puts people off using it but it’s really not that time consuming.

Chop off the ends, peel the whole butternut and then cut in half and chop into cubes. I think I’m pretty fast at it nowadays. If you don’t love butternut, you can replace for sweet potato.

butternut lentil dhal vegan

This recipe serves 6 but I highly recommend making the full quantity because 1) no one wants half a butternut left in the fridge to go off and 2) leftover curry is the BEST and makes for the perfect lunch/dinner for the week.

If you’re a curry lover you may also be interested in these:

Mushroom and tofu tikka masala with cauliflower rice

Roasted aubergine and chickpea curry

Curried butternut squash soup

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vegan butternut lentil curry

Vegan Butternut and Red Lentil Dhal Curry with Cumin Roasted Cauliflower

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This beautifully orange curry is made with butternut squash and red lentils. Full of flavour and perfectly creamy. Topped with crispy cumin roasted cauliflower.



  • 1 butternut squash
  • 2 onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 500 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 heaped tbsp medium curry powder
  • 1 tsp curry leaves
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp dried chillis
  • 1 cup dried red lentils
  • 1 lime
  • 3 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • Bunch of coriander
  • 360 g / 2 cups basmati rice

Roasted cauliflower:

  • 1 cauliflower
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds


Heat the oven to 180C/350F.

Prepare your butternut. I find it quickest to cut off both ends, peel and then cut in half and cut into chunks. You want to cut them into about 1 inch cubes.

Heat some oil in a heavy bottom pan on medium heat. Thinly slice the onion and crush the garlic and ginger. Add them to the pan when it is hot. Add the curry leaves after a minute and cook until fragrant.

Add the butternut, turmeric, curry powder, garam masala, cumin and chilli and mix until evenly coated.

Next add the coconut milk and vegetable stock, and bring to a gentle simmer.

After 10 minutes, rinse the red lentils and add to the pan. Leave to simmer whilst you prepare your cauliflower.

Cut the cauliflower into bit size florets and mix in a bowl with some oil, cumin seeds and curry powder. Spread onto a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 20 minutes.

After 10 minutes place the rice in some boiling water and cook for 10 minutes (or according to packet instructions).

Once the cauliflower is crispy and starting to brown, remove from the oven.

The curry should now have thickened and the butternut will be soft. Add the desiccated coconut, this will help to thicken the sauce. If you think it is too thick, just add a little more water.

Add the juice of one lime and a handful of chopped coriander.

Serve with extra coriander, desiccated coconut, chilli flakes and mango chutney.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 451Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 362mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 8gSugar: 7gProtein: 11g

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Butternut Squash & Red Lentil Curry with Cumin Roasted Cauliflower

Vicky Andrews

Wednesday 14th of October 2020

So looking forward to making this for dinner - looks yum!


Monday 21st of September 2020

Absolutely delicious!


Saturday 3rd of November 2018

I made this tonight. This was delicious and very filling! I only had one can of coconut milk, so I added extra water instead. The consistency was quite watery/soupy, so I think I'll skip the extra water if I again use only one can. Also, I noticed that there is no salt listed in the recipe..? I think I had to add about a teaspoon of it later on. Next time I will add it to the onions and spices. My lentils turned out pretty chalky and fell apart. I'm going to have to work on my lentil-cooking game. Overall, very happy with the flavors and will make it again!


Saturday 3rd of November 2018

Thank you for your comment! I would definitely recommend using 2 cans of coconut milk next time. The lentils shouldn't fall apart if they are cooked for the right amount of time, that is probably due to the extra water. I didn't add extra salt because vegetable stock tends to be quite salty and I don't feel the need to add extra. Of course if you want extra salt, just add accordingly. Glad you enjoyed it :)


Sunday 21st of October 2018

SO delicious and yet SO easy! I literally had all the ingredients already in my cupboard apart from the Cauliflour. I added some sweet corn in for some added crunch. And I was defiantly glad I made the whole batch! Very moreish! ????


Wednesday 17th of October 2018

Made this last night and it was yummy. The size of the butternut squash I get in my organic box are pretty variable so I ended up with a meal for 4 (I was short on coconut milk too!)


Wednesday 17th of October 2018

Hi Cali, thank you so much for your comment, I am glad you enjoyed it! Sounds like you did a great job with different measurements! xo

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