Indian spiced lentil sloppy joes on buns with cilantro, red onion, and tomato.

Indian-Spiced Sloppy Joes

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Rest Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


These Indian Spiced Sloppy Joes made with lentils are a flavorful vegetarian twist on a classic comfort meal.
Serve with additional toppings, like cilantro, red onion, and sliced tomatoes.

Listen to me explain briefly about how to make this Sloppy Joe, with some great tips along the way, by clicking the play button below:

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  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 and ¼ tsp. salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly grated ginger
  • ½ cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 2 tsp. curry powder*
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 and 1/4 cup crushed tomatoes with juice
  • 1 large potato, peeled, diced ¼-inch
  • ½ head cauliflower, florets separated into ¼-inch pieces
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • ½ cup mango chutney, divided
  • 4 large hamburger-style buns (like potato or Kaiser)


  1. In a medium saucepan heat olive oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent. Stir in garlic, ginger, lentils, and curry powder.
  2. Add vegetable stock, tomatoes, and potatoes; stir to combine. Bring to boiling, reduce to a simmer. Simmer, covered, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Lightly smash potatoes with a potato masher or back of large spoon.
  3. Add cauliflower. Cover and simmer 5 minutes more.
  4. Remove pan from heat. Let stand 10 minutes. 
  5. To serve, spoon desired amount of Sloppy Joe mixture onto cut side of 1 bottom bun; squeeze lime wedge over the Sloppy Joe Mix. Slather 2 tablespoons of chutney on the cut side of 1 top bun. Place top bun on top of sloppy Joe mixture. Repeat with remaining buns.


*If you enjoy spicy foods, add ¼ tsp. of cayenne pepper with the curry powder.