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vegan shepherd pie recipe

20 minute Vegan Curried Shepherds pie with Cauliflower mash

I'm a curry lover. After trying all the curries in Thailand I became obsessed with them. Since then all types of curry powders and pastes are usually a staple in my kitchen cupboards. This is a quick and easy dinner which doesn't compromise on flavor. The lentils provide a good source of protein and using cauliflower offers a great low carb alternative to potato mash. The curry is subtle and gives the filling a wonderful flavor. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine British, Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 4


Curried Lentils

  • 2 cans lentils or 3 cups cooked lentils Can be replaced with soya mince
  • 1 Tbsp oil of choice
  • 1 can diced tomato
  • 2 Tbsp soya sauce Tamari/liquid aminos for gluten free
  • 1 Tbsp curry power
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp chilli optional
  • Fresh basil

Cauliflower Mash

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast or Daiya cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt to taste
  • 50 ml almond milk 1.6 ounces


  • Chop onions roughly and wash cauliflower florets. 
  • Heat pan with oil, saut√© garlic, onions and curry powder then add the cooked or drained lentils.
  • Add the soya sauce, tomato, chilli, smoked paprika and cook on high for 5 minutes then reduce heat to low and simmer.
  • Boil cauliflower for 10 minutes and drain. In a blender add milk, cauliflower, salt and nutritional yeast or cheese slice and blend or mash. This should have the consistency of mashed potato but will be slightly less firm.
  • Smooth the lentil mixture evenly in the pan and pour the cauliflower mixture on top smoothing it over with the back of a spoon.
  • Sprinkle with a dash of smoked paprika and fresh basil and enjoy.


If you have extra time you can put the lentils into a baking tray, add the cauliflower mash and pop into the oven to get a good grill. Then sprinkle with basil. 
Keyword dinner, gluten free, high protein, lentils, low carb, Shepherds pie, vegan recipe, vegetarian shepherds pie