Easy Peasy Lentil Masala with Kale

Y’all, I don’t know if this actually qualifies as Lentil Masala. The texture isn’t as creamy as some of the dishes I’ve had in restaurants (could probably be remedied with some coconut milk!) and truly I didn’t even look up what goes in a real masala. BUT I used Trader Joe’s Masala sauce so that’s what I’m calling it. It smells divine.

(shout out to Matt for the inspiration :) )

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  • Prepare 1 cup dry lentils according to package directions.
  • In a very large sauce pan, sautee 3 cloves diced garlic and 1 diced yellow onion in 1 TBSP your choice of cooking oil.
  • Add jar of masala sauce, 1 14oz can diced tomatoes, and as much chopped kale as desired. (I used half a bag of TJ’s pre-chopped kale.) Mix thoroughly as stir occasionally for approximately 15-20 min as lentils cook.
  • Add lentils when they are almost finished cooking and mix.
  • Let sit until heated through and lentils are fully cooked.


Depending on how much sauce you added and if you add any of the cooking water from lentils, this can be kind of soupy. I liked eating it that way,  but if you don’t  you can serve it over some rice or use naan (TJ’s frozen naan is the best!) to soak up the extra liquid.

Lentil Masala Recipe - www.fitting-it-all-in.com

I turned this into four meal-sized servings that I’ve been eating each night,  and I’m sure would freeze well too.



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  1. Ohh this looks delicious! Alex and I made channa masala the other night and it was amazing. (Plus, any excuse for Naan is good with me!)

  2. This sounds delicious! I’m not even sure what masala actually is, but I’ve seen a few masala recipes floating around the web. Definitely going to have to give it a try one of these days!

    This sounds ridiculously easy too, which is always a win in my book!

  3. Great. Super low cal!

  4. Indian food is delicious but I rarely make it at home because I feel like I don’t do it justice. I’ll have to try trader joes masala!

  5. Wow that looks really delicious! Thanks for sharing I may have to add this to my meals next week :) I need something new!

  6. Sounds yummy! One serving would be like a snack for me though.

  7. Looks great! I’ve never cooked with a masala sauce – will have to grab that next time I’m at TJ’s!

  8. Love this! It looks so easy to do! Going to have to try this next time I make it to TJs

  9. yum!!! I love TJs!!


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