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Healthy, Hearty Curried Lentil Soup Recipe

Updated on July 30, 2013
Recipe for thick and hearty curried lentil soup
Recipe for thick and hearty curried lentil soup | Source

Healthy, Inexpensive Curried Lentil Soup

I love lentils - they're cheap, nutritious, and cook far more quickly than any other dried bean. Unfortunately, most lentil soups are either watery and tasteless or rely on large chunks of greasy sausage to bring flavor to the pot. This thick and hearty lentil soup is an easy, meatless option if you want a filling soup that's easy on your budget.

Ingredients for Lentil Soup

  • 1 cup of lentils
  • 1 small onion or 1/2 a large onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of curry powder
  • water
  • olive oil

To Make the Lentil Soup

1. Pour enough olive oil in your cooking pot to lightly coat its bottom. This will probably take 1-2 tablespoons of oil, depending on the size of your pot. Place the pot over medium heat on the stove.

2. While the pot is heating, prepare your onion and garlic. Chop the onion in small pieces. You don't need to mince it, but you probably don't want bite sized chunks of onion, either! I like to use red onion, but you can use whatever onion you prefer. Mince your garlic gloves, or use pre-minced garlic.

3. Once the oil is warm and shimmering, add the onions. They should sizzle a little when they hit the pot. If they don't, it isn't warm enough and you should increase the heat slightly. Stir the onions occasionally to keep them from burning and sticking and cook for about 5 minutes, or until they are slightly translucent-looking.

4. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for about a minute.

Cooked onion and garlic
Cooked onion and garlic | Source

5. Add a cup of lentils to the onion, garlic, and oil mixture and stir to coat the lentils evenly with oil. Allow the lentils to brown slightly for two or three minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the lentils and stir to coat them with olive oil
Add the lentils and stir to coat them with olive oil | Source

6. Add two tablespoons of curry powder, more or less to taste, and stir thoroughly. Allow the mixture to cook for about 30 seconds.


7. Add four cups of water (or chicken broth, for more flavor) and stir to ensure there are no pieces sticking to the bottom.

8. Add a can of diced tomatoes and stir. I prefer unsalted petite diced tomatoes, but the choice is yours! There is no need to drain them - the added liquid and flavor are good for the soup.

Add water or chicken broth
Add water or chicken broth | Source
And a can of  undrained, diced tomatoes
And a can of undrained, diced tomatoes | Source

9. Bring the soup to a simmer, then turn the heat to low, cover, and cook for 30 minutes, checking periodically to stir and ensure you do not need to add more liquid. If there is no visible liquid, add more until it looks, well, soupy! Look below to see what I mean.

Is it soup yet?
Is it soup yet? | Source
My amazing Cuisinart immersion blender
My amazing Cuisinart immersion blender | Source

10. Taste the lentils to see if they're done yet. (In other words, tender and not crunchy!) It should only take about half an hour, but stoves and pots vary, so the exact amount of time you need may be different.

11. To make the soup thicker and more delicious, puree a portion of it. I love using my Cuisinart immersion blender! If you have one, just stick it down in the pot and pule it carefully so you don't splash yourself with boiling soup until you've pureed the soup to your satisfaction. If you don't have an immersion blender, you can carefully remove a portion of the soup from the pot and puree it in a blender or food processor. Removing about 1/3 of the soup for pureeing seems to work well, just make sure to be careful so you don't burn yourself! Add the pureed soup back to the main soup pot.

Pureed soup
Pureed soup | Source

12. Continue simmering the soup until it has reached your desired thickness.

13. Serve and enjoy! I enjoyed it with crusty bread one time and warm pita on a different occasion. I also enjoy eating the soup topped with shredded cheese. Delicious!


Rate my lentil soup!

5 stars from 3 ratings of Curried lentil soup

Like most soups, this curried lentil soup tastes even better the second day! You can easily make it more spicy, if you would like, or add extra vegetables like potatoes, peas, and carrots. I hope you give this recipe a try and enjoy it as much as I do.


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    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Hawaii

      There's nothing like hot soup on a cold day! And lentils are so filling.

    • Cyndi10 profile image

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Looks good and winter is coming. I can imagine eating this on some cold day. Cooking the lentils with curry sounds really great.

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hawaii

      I like how easy this is and how inexpensive and healthy lentils are! I hope you enjoy it. =)

    • Kathryn Stratford profile image


      7 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      Yes! I have lentils, but I haven't done much with them. I want to try this soon, especially since I love curry! Thanks for sharing this with us.

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hawaii

      I love lentils because they are tasty, healthy, and something I can afford plenty of! Thanks for stopping by and following me. =)

    • kitkat1141 profile image


      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love lentils too! This soup looks very tasty, and so few simple inexpensive ingredients. I will give it a try

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Yes, adding onion, or green onion, later is perfectly tasty, too! Fresh tomatoes are in short supply this time of year for me. At least, actually good ones!

    • Elias Zanetti profile image

      Elias Zanetti 

      7 years ago from Athens, Greece

      I love lentils and I prefer them with tomato sauce as you showed us! You can add the onion later as well, or even fresh tomato! Thanks for this tasty hub Natashalh, voted up.

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for the vote! It maybe isn't the world's prettiest soup, but it's way tasty. I hope you do get the chance to try it!

    • prasetio30 profile image


      7 years ago from malang-indonesia friend, just looking at the pictures makes me hungry. I really enjoy step by step instruction you gave to us. I can't wait to make it soon. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!


    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hawaii

      It has been such soup weather for me recently! Thanks for stopping by, randomcreative and livingsta!

    • livingsta profile image


      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Looks yummy, easy and healthy recipe. Good for a quick lunch! Thank you for sharing this!

      Voted up and sharing!!!

    • randomcreative profile image

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      This hearty soup is a perfect healthy option for winter! Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks! I sure think it is.

    • Pavlo Badovskyy profile image

      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Looks delicious!

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hawaii

      I hardly ever see red lentils in the store around here - typically it's just the green. They're both tasty, though!

      I hope both of y'all give it a try and enjoy.

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hmm! It looks so delicious, such a great idea for a meal.

    • carter06 profile image


      7 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      This looks delicious lentils & use the red ones in a lamb shank stew in winter..will def give this one a try, thanks..


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