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Recipe: Curried red lentil and vegetable soup

red-lentil-soupI’m home alone for a few weeks, so I’ve doing a lot of cooking for one. Soups have become my staple: make a big batch and it lasts for a few days lunches and dinners.

With no less than three open bags of red lentils recently discovered in the back of my press, I was determined to get through at least one of them. Far tastier than they look, the red lentil adds a wonderful thick earthiness to soups, and they’re a cheap, alternative source of protein for vegetarians and occasional meat-avoiders.

Here’s a delicious lentil soup, adapted from our reader Nanazolie‘s recipe. Make a big batch and see yourself through the week. This should give at least four generous servings.


  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 potato, chopped and peeled
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 leek (optional)
  • About 150g red lentils
  • A clove of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 chilli, chopped
  • About an inch of ginger, chopped
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • A knob of butter
  • 1 litre of vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper


  • Over a medium heat, sweat the onions and leeks in a pot with butter for three minutes. Add the garlic, chilli, and ginger and sweat for another two minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the rest of the vegetables and sweat for a further five minutes, with the lid on, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the curry powder, mix well, and pour in the stock.
  • Bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer, and add in the lentils. Cook for 15-20 minutes: the vegetables should be soft and the lentils will have turned mushy
  • Blend and serve, with some optional cream for an extra touch of warm opulence in this very comforting dish.


  1. Indian lentil soups are not only delicious but also very nutritious and are a great option if you’re a vegetarian or vegan. You can get your protein with lentils. Here’s a simple red lentil soup recipe you might like.

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  2. Must try your version, I had never thought of adding leek and celery

  3. I have been looking for this recipe since long, finally found it. I like the way its kept simple with usage of easily available igredients. Great going and thanks for sharing.

  4. just made a massive pot of this…..its absolutely delicious!!yum yum 🙂

  5. Great soup and my 7 moths old daughter LOVES IT!!! For a bit of personal touch I added tsp of cinnamon and tsp of turmeric. Yuuuummmmmmm 😀