Vegan Crock Pot Curried Rice and Lentils

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Slow Cook Time: 4 hrs
Total: 4 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
111 Calories
1g Fat
22g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 111
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 825mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 211mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Inspired by more traditional Indian recipes, this quick and easy curried rice, and lentils is a full vegetarian and vegan meal right out of your crock pot or slow cooker. Made with nothing more than rice, lentils, and some seasonings, it takes just a couple minutes to toss everything in the slow cooker, and it really couldn't be simpler.

It's got a starch (rice) to fill it out, a protein with plenty of fiber, which means all you need to do is toss in whatever veggies you have on hand, or thaw out some frozen veggies or whip up a quick green salad as a side dish, and you've got yourself a complete one-dish meal in your crock pot.

This is a high-protein meal with more than 14 grams of protein per serving, and, as a completely egg-free and dairy-free dish, it's completely cholesterol free and very low in fat. With no added oil, the only fat comes from what's in the lentils naturally.

This recipe is both vegetarian and vegan, but if you need it to be gluten free, you'll have to omit or check the ingredients on your vegetable broth and bouillon cubes, which are very likely to contain hidden gluten. 


  • 1 cup rice

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth

  • 1/2 cup lentils

  • 2 vegetarian bouillon cubes

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 onion, diced

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Combine all the ingredients in a crock pot and give them a quick stir. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.

  3. Taste, and adjust seasonings to taste. (We like to add a bit of salt to just about everything, but your personal preference may be different.)

  4. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Variations

If you have a few extra minutes while prepping this meal, go ahead and sauté the onions in olive oil for a few minutes to bring out their flavor a bit more, before adding to the crock pot with the remaining ingredients. 

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