Meatless Monday Indian Curried Lentil Soup

Here is a cozy vegan soup that is packed with flavor, simple to make, and takes less than an hour. This soup also doubles and freezes very well.

  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 large leek, white and light green parts only, sliced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 celery stalks, peeled and diced
  • 3 C. red lentils
  • 2 T. tomato paste
  • 1 T. fresh grated ginger
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, about 4-5 inches long
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 t. Madras curry powder
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1 t. turmeric
  • 1/2 t. chili powder
  • 5-6 C. vegetable broth (I like Better Than Bouillon’s Vegetable Base)
  • salt to taste
  • lemon wedges

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven to medium heat. Add the leeks, celery, and carrots, and cook until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the lentils and tomato paste and stir and cook for about 2 minutes, the tomato paste will begin to caramelize. Add the ginger, lemongrass, garlic and spices. Stir to combine. Add the broth to cover the lentils- this will take about 5 cups. Reserve the last cup of broth. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 30-45 minutes or until the lentils are tender and the soup is beginning to thicken. I like to cook it with the lid on for 30 minutes, and then with the lid off for 15 minutes or so to thicken the soup and concentrate the flavors. If the soup gets too thick, stir in the last cup of broth. Season with salt to taste. Garnish with a fresh wedge of lemon.

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I am a mother of two boys, a wife, a teacher, and an avid home cook. These recipes are written, tested and created or adapted by me in my home kitchen. All photos were taken by me with my Canon Digital Rebel XT. No filters or Photoshop, usually natural light on my kitchen table. My motto is, if I can do it, you can do it!
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4 Responses to Meatless Monday Indian Curried Lentil Soup

  1. Andrea R. says:

    When Chris saw this he said, “Can you make this RIGHT NOW?” (This was as I was preparing our pathetic dinner). Lentil soup is his favorite… šŸ™‚

    • Carrie says:

      I don’t want to be the cause of marital strife! Come visit us in Portland and you can take a few days off from cooking! Thanks for posting my blog on your page so many times- it’s really helped me get new subscribers and more hits!

  2. Andrea R. says:

    Not at all — no marital strife. He’s been quite pleased with all of my forays into new recipes (since we’re all sick of tacos/spaghetti/baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese/etc.) I’m not a terrible cook, I just don’t have a lot of time between the kids and the two part time jobs… Lentil soup will be in the offering SOON!

    I am MORE than happy to post your blog and share your cooking prowess with anyone and everyone! My mother in law was sold on the flank steak tacos we made last night. Pretty much every mom I know is in the same position I am — we are bored with our recipes and need some new ideas for easy, tasty, healthy meals.

    A visit to Portland would be a blast. We’ll have to figure out how we can swing it.

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