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bowl of trader joe's lentils with masala simmer sauce in a bowl

Trader Joe’s Tikka Masala Lentils Recipe

  • Author: Emily Dingmann of myeverydaytable.com
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Vegan


Two TJ staples: Trader Joe’s Tikka Masala Sauce and Trader Joe’s lentils – in one delicious recipe! Easy, vegetarian, + full of flavor. Just 3 ingredients!



  • 24 oz. Trader Joe’s frozen cauliflower rice
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 16 oz. Trader Joe’s steamed lentils
  • 15 oz. Trader Joe’s Masala Simmer Sauce
  • cilantro
  • sea salt 


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  2. Add cauliflower rice, and cook as directed, about 3-4 minutes, or until all liquid has evaporated. Season with a sprinkle of sea salt. 
  3. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet. Add lentils to pan, breaking up with hands. Pour in Trader Joe’s Masala Simmer Sauce. 
  4. Add 1 cup water to jar, shake (to get all sauce out) and pour into pan with lentils. Stir to combine, bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer for 4-5 minutes, until mixture has thickened. 
  5. Serve masala lentils over cauliflower rice. Top with cilantro and salt to taste. 


  • Cauliflower rice: Use either fresh or frozen cauliflower rice. 
  • EXTRAS: Serve with naan bread or a dollop of mango chutney. 

Keywords: Trader Joe's Masala Simmer Sauce, Trader Joe's lentils recipe, Trader Joe's steamed lentils