Red lentils are simply a vegan best friend and I have some incredible recipes in this Vegan Red Lentil Recipes round-up to show you.
If you’re following a plant-based diet red lentils are simply one of the most versatile budget-friendly delicious sources of protein. They are a nutritional powerhouse and are packed with fiber, folate, magnesium and plant-based protein.
Red lentils are already split hence they cook quickly without the need of soaking making them a great addition to meals like soups, stews and curries. However, if you have the time it’s still recommended to soak your lentils to improve their digestibility and nutrition.
Red lentils are also amazing in burgers, meatballs, falafels and pancakes and you can sneak them even to brownies.
Because of their short cooking time, they make the perfect ingredient for quick weeknight wholesome nourishing meals. Explore the most exciting recipes below in this Vegan Red Lentil Recipes round-up.
1. Quick Smoky Red Lentil Stew
Enjoy this Quick Smoky Red Lentil Stew by The First Mess. This pantry-friendly stew recipe is packed with protein, veggies and chopped greens and spiced with smoked paprika, cumin and cayenne.
2. Vegan Lentil Bolognese Sauce
Looking for a vegan bolognese sauce recipe? Look no further this delicious traditional Italian Vegan Lentil Bolognese Sauce by Carlo Cao made with red lentils is inspired by the traditional method of making bolognese.
3. Vegan Masoor Dal Tadka Indian Split Red Lentil Dal
This restaurant-style Vegan Masoor Dal Tadka aka Indian Split Red Lentil Dal by Vegan Richa is an authentic Indian dal recipe. Cooked with red lentils and tempered with whole spices this incredibly flavorful dish is a must-try.
4. Red Lentil Burgers with Cucumber Raita
You must make these super simple Red Lentil Burgers with Cucumber Raita by Nirvana Cakery. This flavorful recipe is cooked with red lentils and fresh ginger, turmeric and coriander and served with vegan cucumber raita.
5. Red Lentil Hummus
You will love this tangy creamy Red Lentil Hummus by Love & Lemons. This fabulous dip spiced with turmeric and other curry spices is perfect served with veggies, naan or pita chips.
6. Golden Cauliflower Dal with Red Lentils, Coconut and Spinach
This delicious Golden Cauliflower Dal with Red Lentils, Coconut and Spinach by Feasting at Home is a wholesome plant-based meal. Cook this gently spiced Indian-style stew for a satisfying nourishing weeknight dinner.
7. Red Lentil Crepes with Charred Cabbage
Learn how to make these yummy Red Lentil Crepes with Charred Cabbage by Rebel Recipes. These delicious crepes are simply made with soaked red lentils and spices, blended into a paste, cooked and served topped with hummus and sticky charred and then baked cabbage.
8. Creamy Broccoli and Red Lentil Soup
Fancy a quick hearty nourishing soup? This Creamy Broccoli and Red Lentil Soup by The Simple Veganista made with red lentils, broccoli and coconut milk is ready in about 30 minutes.
9. Easy Mushroom Red Lentil Meatballs
These Easy Mushroom Red Lentil Meatballs by Plantbased on a Budget are packed with plant protein and flavor. Made with red lentils, kale and umami-rich mushrooms these baked meatballs can be enjoyed in a variety of meals.
10. Mind-Blowing Red Lentil Tofu
Are you intrigued to try this Mind-Blowing Red Lentil Tofu by Powerhungry? This revolutionary recipe is simply made with red lentils, water and salt and you can make it exactly as you like your tofu – silken, firm, or extra-firm.
11. Roasted Garlic Vegetable Stew with Red Lentils and Tomatoes
This rich Roasted Garlic Vegetable Stew with Red Lentils and Tomatoes by Crumbs & Caramel will quickly become your family favorite. Cooked with roasted cauliflower, sweet potato, bell peppers and kale this red lentil stew is perfect for chilly evenings.
12. Quinoa Red Lentil Burgers
Treat your vegan friends to these yummy Quinoa Red Lentil Burgers by Ela Vegan. These hearty, wholesome and plant-based protein-rich burgers are made with a delicious blend of red lentils, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, oats, tamari and spices.
13. Vegan Red Lentil Curry
If you’re a fan of curries you must try this delish Vegan Red Lentil Curry by Rainbow Plant Life. According to Nisha, it’s the best lentil curry you will ever try.
14. Vegan Red Lentil Soup
This yummy Vegan Red Lentil Soup by Evergreen Kitchen is loaded with protein, fiber and veggies. This recipe features red lentils cooked with carrots, potatoes, fire-roasted tomatoes, fresh thyme and chard. Make a big pot at the beginning of the week for your weeknight dinners.
15. Turkish Vegan Lentil Meatballs
These tasty Turkish Vegan Lentil Meatballs by Unicorns in the Kitchen are a classic Turkish recipe called Mercimek Köftesi. This cold mezze dish made with red lentils, bulgur, parsley and spices can be served alongside other appetizers.
16. Vegan Ethiopian Red Lentils (Misir Wat)
If you’ve tried Ethiopian food you know how delicious it is. And this Vegan Ethiopian Red Lentils recipe Misir Wat by Simply Quinoa won’t disappoint. Try it to see how delicious it is.
17. Tomato and Basil Lentil Chips
These healthy Tomato and Basil Lentil Chips by Nest & Glow are vegan, grain-free, nut-free and oil-free. In this yummy recipe, soaked red lentils are blended with tomato puree, aromatic basil and spices, then simply spread onto baking paper and oven baked.
18. Red Lentil Stew
Looking for an easy vegan weeknight dinner? This hearty Red Lentil Stew by Hey Nutrition Lady with red lentils, carrots, zucchini, tomatoes and thyme could be the next recipe to try.
19. Aubergine, Courgette and Lentil Curry
This delicious Aubergine, Courgette and Lentil Curry by Nirvana Cakery is a must-try recipe. In this plant-based nutritious dish, red lentils are cooked with aubergines, courgettes, tomatoes, coconut milk and spices.
20. Red Lentil Pancakes
Brunch in style with these tasty Red Lentil Pancakes by Lazy Cat Kitchen. These South Indian dosa-inspired pancakes are served with garam masala sauteed zucchini, homemade cashew cream, fresh coriander and shop-bought chutney.
21. Quick and Easy Lentil Patties
These flavorful Quick and Easy Lentil Patties by Broke Bank Vegan are crispy on the outside and beautifully soft on the inside. Served with a delicious garlicky lemon tahini dip this recipe is a yummy savory vegan treat.
22. Carrot and Red Lentil Soup
This Carrot and Red Lentil Soup by Nirvana Cakery is one of the staples I make all the time. Cooked with a few simple ingredients like red lentils and veggies and finished with lemon juice this is a warming nourishing soup to enjoy anytime.
23. One-Pot Red Lentil Chili
Make this crowd-favorite One-Pot Red Lentil Chili by Minimalist Baker. Packed chock full of red lentils, black beans, kidney beans, corn and spices this smokey hearty chili is packed with some serious flavor.
24. Lentil Brownies
These Lentil Brownies by Vegan Richa are super fudgy, super delicious and made with red lentils. Perfect for the afternoon pick-me-up high-protein chocolate treat.