nutritional information

Per 1 1/2-cup serving:

  • Calories: 283
  • Protein: 19 g
  • Total Fat: 2 g
  • Saturated Fat: <1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 146 mg
  • Fiber: 13 g
  • Sugar: 7 g
Vegan Gluten-Free

Curried Red Lentil Soup with Lemon

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Serves 6

This deliciously easy soup became an immediate favorite among VT staffers. It's even better the second day, after the spices have had more time to mingle.
  • 2 cups red lentils, sorted and rinsed
  • 1 qt. low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped (2 cups)
  • 4 celery stalks, finely chopped (1 ½ cups)
  • 2 large carrots, finely chopped (1 ½ cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbs. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice

1. Bring lentils, vegetable broth, and 4 cups water to a simmer in large pot. Skim away foam that rises to top. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Add onion, celery, carrots, and garlic; simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes. Add cilantro, curry powder, and cumin, and cook 20 minutes more, or until lentils are soft. Season with salt and pepper, if desired, and stir in lemon juice.

October 2009 p.63

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I love this dish! Curry is one of my favorite flavors, and I love flavorful food. Made this the first time and added curry and white pepper when reheating the leftovers. Made it the second time tonight and was heavy handed with the cilantro, garlic, and spices and it is absolutely delicious. Also added chick peas and pintos. If this is healthy vegetarian then I am all in. PS, almost tripled the curry and added white pepper.

Steve Duve - 2015-03-03 00:36:45

Amazing....I added cauliflower because I had it left over. This soup has a great balance !

Kate - 2015-02-10 01:38:07

This is a staple in our house now. Way too delicious (and healthy) for how easy it is to prepare. Varying the curry is a cool twist too. Try Balti spices instead of curry powder...

Sean Balog - 2015-01-31 15:10:10

Just made it, using Jamaican Blue Mountain curry, combined with Edward & Sons Vegan Red curry bouillons. I kept the veggies coarsely cut, for a rustic version. Relish straight from the pot. Easy to make too!

Becky - 2014-10-16 17:51:15


Barb - 2014-04-19 17:29:33

Wasn't thrilled with this, but it was more due to the curry I used (yellow with too much cumin and cardamon). The flavor started strong and was very tasty, but the more I ate, the less I wanted to eat it. Wish I had some naan or pita for it!

Jillian TheGirl - 2014-02-18 02:56:12

This curry soup has cured more colds for me and my friends than I can count!!! And it tastes GREAT too!!

Katherine - 2014-01-26 03:32:18

Well, that was a winner. Easy and amazing. And the snow is blowing outside but I feel warm!

Alison - 2014-01-22 21:39:34

Good recipe!!

Cindy - 2013-12-11 21:41:52

i have been making this soup for the past couple of years. it is so easy and so delicious...

Cheryle - 2013-12-07 17:51:16

Try this it great on a cold afternoon an evening!!

Ruedas Vargas - 2013-12-06 19:27:25

Ohhhh, it was delicious! I sauteed the veggies a minute or two for added flavor and also added in green beans, kale and sauteed mushrooms. The whole (non-vegetarian) family enjoyed it! Make sure you DO NOT forget to add the lemon juice, it totally makes this soup!

Susan - 2013-12-06 14:56:19

Sprouts, red lentils are easily sprouted seed. Sprouted beans, peas, legumes are better for digestion so it is a win.

Alexandria - 2013-12-06 13:02:26

Red lentil coup recipe

Sharon - 2013-12-06 06:25:12