Curried Red Lentil Soup is an all time family favourite! I have been making different versions of it for decades. It's jam-packed with both flavour and nutrients and is like a big, warm hug on a cold or rainy day.
My favourite thing about this recipe, besides the fact that it's delicious and healthy, is it's flexibility. Swap out any of the vegetables for whatever you like. Just make sure you have 5-6 cups in total, not including the spinach. Make it vegan by using vegetable stock or water instead of chicken stock. If water is used instead of stock bump up the garlic and curry powder to add extra flavour. Don't have any coconut milk? No problem, add cream or leave it out and add more stock or water. Switch up the spinach for any leafy greens you like.
Level up your knife skills by learning how to dice like a pro. This method can be used for any similarly shaped vegetable including potatoes, squash etc. First cut the length in half or thirds so you have manageable pieces to work with. Slice off one side lengthwise to create a flat surface to stabilize. Place flat side down and continue slicing, lengthwise, into the thickness you want. Then stack 2-3 slices and cut lengthwise again into sticks. Slice those sticks across into little cubes. Easy peasy!
I like to cut the vegetables into a small dice for this soup but if you aren't interested in taking the time you can make them chunkier. Note that you may have to adjust cooking times to accommodate the larger size.
Prepare all of your ingredients
It's important to gather and prep all your ingredients before getting started. It's so much easier, especially with one pot meals like soup, to be able to add the next thing when needed instead of having to go quickly chop something or find that spice. Even worse, you realize you are missing a key ingredient when you are in the middle of things!...I speak from experience.
FAQ for curried red lentil soup
Do I need to soak or pre-cook red lentils? No you don't. That's one of the things I love most about red lentils!
Do I need to rinse red lentils? Yes. Place themin a fine sieve and run under cold water until the water runs clear.
Are red lentils healthy? You bet! They are rich in iron, magnesium, B vitamins and many others. They are an excellent plant based protein and are also high in fiber. Not soaking allows them to hang onto more nutrients.
Is this soup Vegan or Vegetarian? This recipe is not but you can substitute the chicken stock for vegetable stock or water to make it Vegan/Vegetarian.
Can I freeze it? Absolutely! It freezes perfectly and can last up to 6 months or more if you have a chest freezer.
If the finished soup is too thick you can add extra stock or water. If you prefer a creamier texture puree part or all of the soup using a hand blender. Hand blenders are one of my favourite kitchen tools. Mine is as old as the hills but if (or should I say when!) I have to replace it I would go for this one CUISINART Hand Blender. There are many different and less expensive ones to chose from. This one has the additional attachments which are handy.
This recipe makes about 3 litres or 12 cups. Plenty to enjoy for a few days or, put half of it in the freezer and have the convenience of just warming it up. You can increase or decrease the quantity by clicking on the serving size in the recipe.
If you like this recipe, have made it or have any questions please leave a comment and a rating in the section below. I'd love to hear from you!
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Curried Red Lentil Soup
- 1 lg white onion. approx. 2 cups diced small
- 1 lg celery stalk. approx. 1 cup diced small
- 1 jumbo carrot, approx. 1.5 cups diced small
- 1 sm sweet potato, approx 2 cups diced small
- 2-3 cloves garlic, approx. 1 tbsp minced
- 8 cups baby spinach leaves, or greens of your choice
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups red lentils, rinsed
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1 400 ml can coconut milk
- 1/2 cup packed cilantro or parsley leaves. chopped
- 1/2 lemon, juice of
- Peel, rinse, chop and measure out all your ingredients first.In a large pot heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-5 minutes or until soft and translucent. Turn down the heat if they are browning before softening.
- Add the celery, carrot, sweet potato, lentils and garlic, stir to combine. Add curry powder and salt and continue stirring for one minute.
- Stir in stock and coconut milk. Increase the heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer. covered, for 15 minutes.
- Stir in spinach. It will seem like a lot but it wilts and reduces as it cooks. Cover and simmer for 5 more minutes.
- Remove from heat and add lemon juice and cilantro or parsley. Taste and adjust seasonings. You can also add a bit more stock or water if it's too thick for your liking.