Ryan’s Delicious Lentil and Vegetable Curry

Ryan’s Delicious Lentil and Vegetable Curry

My son Ryan loves to cook. He usually doesn’t like to be in front of the camera however. For some reason he is changing and actually asked if he could do a video with his recipe. He is also responsible for the editing and creation of the footage.

Part of my philosophy around cooking is to get your children involved.

Never underestimate what they are capable of if given direction and patience.

When they have a hand in what is served, they are more likely to try new things and have a greater appreciation of what is served to them as they know the effort that is involved.  That is why I involve my own children as much as possible in the kitchen at home. They also play a part in educating others about how and what to feed their families in order to create a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle.

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Ryan's Delicious Lentil and Vegetable Curry

By February 15, 2016

This curry is simple to make, as demonstrated by Ryan on the video. It has wonderful flavours and a great texture. The eggplant in particular is silky smooth as it is cooked before being added to the curry. Serve with Basmati rice and papadums for a fantastic meal. Chopped fresh coriander is also a great addition but it was out of season when we made this video.



  1. Preheat the grill in your oven and line a baking tray with paper. Brush the paper with oil and lay the eggplant slices on the tray.
  2. Brush the tops of the slices with more oil and place in the oven until the eggplant is browned and soft.
  3. Remove and set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a large saucepan. Be generous as this oil will carry the flavours through the curry and stop the spices and ginger, garlic and chilli from sticking. Extra virgin coconut oil is great to cook with due to its high smoking point and health benefits.
  5. Add whole spices and leave until fragrant.
  6. Add ginger, garlic, chilli and garam masala and stir constantly for about 20 seconds.
  7. Add remaining ingredients except for salt and lime juice.
  8. Mix well and cover. Leave to simmer for 30-40 minutes. Make sure you stir it a few times to make sure the lentils don't stick to the pan.
  9. Once the lentils and sweet potato are soft, add salt. Mix well and taste. Adjust to your palate if needed.
  10. Serve over rice and add a squeeze of lime juice.


  1. Helen Kitchner

    What a Great job you pair have done with those boys. His curry does indeed deserve a five star, from all that I saw of the video. You also are a testimony to your healthy lifestyle.

  2. Thanks Ryan! my kids enjoyed watching your video clip and we look forward to trying your curry recipe. I could almost smell the flavours coming out as I was watching the video clip, it looks so yum!!!

  3. Wow, that was awesome. Great work Ryan. Looking forward to the next one.

  4. Hi Angela,
    Ryan is very handsome and talented like his mum. I love your recipes and books.

  5. What an inspiring video of the amazing, young Ryan cooking this curry which looks absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to try it and Ryan you have really inspired me to get into the kitchen! Well done…

  6. Juhi Sonrexa

    I love this video, well done to Ryan. The curry looks and I’m sure tastes, divine – hearty but also full of spice and herb goodness. It’s quite similar to how I make my Indian curries, using tips from my mother. I also often roast some whole spices first in coconut oil until fragrant before adding the ‘masala’ or puree of ginger, garlic, onion and sometimes chili. However, I find that it’s better to sautee the onions by themselves for a long time until golden (to give that ‘depth of flavour’) and then add the ginger and garlic, which require less time to cook. Here is a great veggie curry I tried a couple weeks ago: http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/mushroom-curry-recipe-mushroom-masala/
    Thanks for posting, I’ll try Ryan’s curry soon 🙂

  7. Good job Ryan. Like to try it some time! Thanks for sharing.


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