Vegan Red Lentils with Tomatoes 

vegan red lentils with tomatoes

Here is a simple recipe from Cheap Lazy Vegan that you can prepare without a whole lot of time or “fancy” kitchen skills.

To make this recipe oil-free, just choose to stir-fry the onions with water or a bit of vegetable broth.

Like with many tomato-ey dishes, the tomatoes not only lend liquid in order to cook the lentils, but they also infuse the dish with more flavour without having to add a lot of spice (or salt).

So, if you happen to have some fresh, ripe tomatoes around, don’t hesitate to use them. The riper the tomatoes are, the tastier they’ll be.

But, of course, the point of this recipe is to keep things easy. So, if you’d rather, canned tomatoes will work well too.

Vegan Red Lentils with Tomatoes 


  • water (or vegetable broth)
  • onions
  • tomatoes (fresh or canned)
  • red lentils
  • basil
  • salt (optional)
  • sake or white wine (optional)

Note(s): For this recipe, be sure to use red lentils as they cook more quickly compared to other varieties. Soaking them in advance is another good tip to follow, just to ensure the lentils do cook thoroughly. (Because who actually likes crunchy lentils?)

Once the lentils are cooked, letting everything sit for at least a few minutes will allow the flavours to “set”.

This is particularly helpful if you plan to skip the added salt to keep the recipe lower in salt (or salt-free). Using vegetable broth to cook the onions will also help to lend a bit more flavour to the lentils.

And to finish it all off, you can serve the dish along with brown rice or other whole grain to make it a whole food, plant-based meal.

Vegan Red Lentils with Tomatoes 

To view the Vegan Red Lentils with Tomatoes recipe in the video provided by Cheap Lazy Vegan, you can skip ahead to [5:28].

Also… if you opt to make the other recipe featured in the video, an Easy Udon Noodle Stir Fry, with a few tweaks it can be made oil-free too.

You can make it without oil by, again, stir-frying the onions and vegetables in water or vegetable broth. And be sure to omit the added sesame oil at the end. Instead, you could choose to add in some extra toasted sesame seeds. Or you could even toast your own.

Sesame seeds give a recipe a dash more flavour as well as that “finished” look. For those times when you feel presentation value matters!

Find the complete recipe(s) on Cheap Lazy Vegan.

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