Curry lentil soup

Title: Curried Lentil Soup


  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)
  • Lemon wedges for serving


  1. Sauté Aromatics:
    • In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions, carrots, and celery. Sauté until the vegetables are softened.
  2. Add Spices:
    • Add minced garlic, curry powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, and cayenne pepper to the pot. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Combine Lentils and Tomatoes:
    • Add rinsed lentils and diced tomatoes (with their juice) to the pot. Stir to combine with the aromatic mixture.
  4. Pour in Broth:
    • Pour in the vegetable or chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer. Cover and cook for about 20-25 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
  5. Add Coconut Milk:
    • Stir in the coconut milk and let the soup simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  6. Season and Adjust:
    • Season the soup with salt and black pepper to taste. Adjust the spices if needed, based on your preference.
  7. Serve:
    • Ladle the curried lentil soup into bowls. Garnish with fresh cilantro if desired. Serve with lemon wedges on the side for a burst of citrus flavor.

Time and Intensity:

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 35-40 minutes
  • Total Time: Approximately 50 minutes
  • Intensity: Easy

Note: This Curried Lentil Soup is a hearty and flavorful dish that combines the earthiness of lentils with the aromatic spices of curry. The coconut milk adds a creamy richness. Adjust the spice levels according to your taste. Serve this comforting soup with a squeeze of lemon for a delightful and satisfying meal.

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