This vegetarian Chickpea Lentil Curry is just 1 Smart Point on Weight Watchers Freestyle plan, myWW Blue plan and myWW Purple plan.
It is 6 SmartPoints for anyone following the WW Green plan.
To find out how many Personal Points this recipe will be for you & to track it in the WW App, click on the blue button in recipe card below!
A filling & tasty Weight Watcher vegetarian dinner recipe.
I often make a couple of batches of this recipe, divide it up and freeze it.
I can then grab a portion out of the freezer in the morning and warm it through in the evening for an easy, tasty and very filling meal.
Talking about batch cooking - do you ever get in a mess with measurements when trying to double or treble recipe quantities?
I did until I started using this recipe resizer . You just type (or cut & paste!) your recipe into it, click a button and it will resize it by servings or by recipe!
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Sometimes I eat the curry with a garlic naan bread for a 5 Smart Point meal.
Sometimes, if I am really hungry and wanting to push the boat out, I eat it with a garlic naan and rice! A really filling, tasty meal for so few points!
How Many SmartPoints in Chickpea Lentil Curry
Weight Watchers changed their program at the end of 2019. It now includes 3 individual plans, giving anyone following the WW program lots of choice about how they use their SmartPoint allocation.
Using the official WW recipe builder I have worked out the SmartPoints for this Chickpea & Lentil Curry for each of the plans.
- Freestyle Plan - 1 SmartPoint per serving
- myWW Blue Plan - 1 SmartPoint per serving
- myWW Purple Plan - 1SmartPoint per serving
- myWW Green Plan - 6 SmartPoints per serving
If you are following the myWW Purple Plan you can serve this low point curry with a small portion of brown rice for no extra SmartPoints!
If you are following any of the other plans and you serve this curry with rice, you will need to work out the SmartPoints for the rice separately
Chickpea Lentil Curry recipe alternatives!
- Use chopped fresh veg rather than frozen mixed veg
- Serve with a Garlic Naan Bread rather than rice for just 5 Smart Points (on Freestyle, Blue and Green)!
- Use split peas rather than lentils.
Chickpea & Lentil Curry
- 1 small red onion (chopped finely)
- 2 cloves garlic (chopped finely)
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp ground coriander
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground pepper
- 1 can tomatoes 1 x 400g can
- 1 can chickpeas 1 x 400g can
- ½ cup lentils (100g)
- ¼ cup water (50ml)
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1.5 cups frozen mixed vegetables (200g)
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the chopped onion and saute until transparent.
- Add the chopped garlic and saute for 1 or 2 minutes being careful not to burn.
- Add the chili powder, turmeric, smoked paprika, ground coriander, and ground cumin and cook for 2 - 3 minutes stirring to stop it sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, the drained chickpeas, lentils and water and stir.
- Bring to the boil then turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Once the curry has been simmering for 20 minutes the lentils should be tender and the sauce should have reduced.
- Add the garam masala, the salt and pepper and frozen mixed veg and stir to combine.
- Bring back to a simmer and cook for a further 10 - 12 minutes until the veg is cooked through.
Hi, there is no mention of lentils in the ingredients list?
Pointed Kitchen says
My apologies Mel! Lentils have now been added to ingredient list 🙂
If I use a couple of sprays of fry light would that make it 0sp without the rice?
Yes, if you used some fry light that'd bring it down to zero SmartPoints per serving (without rice). The only things that are pointed in the curry are the oil (4SP) and the ground cumin (1SP). I hope that helps!
We're back on yet another diet in my household and I wanted to find good recipes that tasted like real food and didn't feel like we were punishing ourselves.
I've tried a few from your site so far and this curry, the butternut squash mac & cheese and the gnocchi pesto have gone down a storm!
Thanks for your hard work - these are going to be mealtime staples for many years to come 🙂
Thank you so much for your comment, it has really made my day 😀
I am so pleased that you have found these recipes to your taste & that they have gone down well with your family. That Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese is one of my favourites too!
Good luck on your WW journey!
Hi there. I’m wondering what kind of lentils you used. Should I use brown, green or red? Thanks!
My apologies in not replying to this message earlier. I use red lentils in this recipe.
Good luck in your WW journey.
I tried making this but and I loved the flavor but I noticed two things. 1. There is no curry in the recipe... is there supposed to be? It's called Chickpea Lentil Curry so I'm confused. 2. It was very very dry... the only liquids in the recipe were the juices from the tomatoes and 1/2 cup of water. It was super dry and crumbly and there wasn't enough liquids to thoroughly cook the lentils. Is there any other liquid that goes into ? Mine did not look like your pictures.
Thank you for commenting and I am pleased that you enjoyed the flavor of this recipe for Chickpea Lentil Curry.
There is no need to add additional curry powder to this recipe as I have used turmeric, paprika, coriander, cumin and garam masala etc to make the 'curry' flavor. I hope that answers your question.
As for the consistency of your curry not being the same as that of the photo of my curry - I wonder if the particular brand of canned tomatoes that you used had a different liquid content than the brand that I use. I have always found this curry to be a 'wet' curry and certainly not dry and crumbly. Perhaps you could add an additional 1/4 cup or so of liquid to the mixture when you next make it to see if that helps. Also, when you are simmering the curry, try not to let it simmer too rapidly otherwise too much liquid will cook off making it drier. I hope that these suggestions help.
Best of luck in your WW journey and thank you again for commenting.
Thank you so much!