Curried Lentil Soup


Healthy recipes with lentils don’t have to take hours to prepare. Use red lentils, which cook up in just 45 minutes, to make this richly spiced soup on a weeknight. Lentils are low in calories and high on nutrition.



  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and ribs removed and chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder, preferably Madras
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 ½ cups red lentils
  • 8 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


Heat the coconut oil in a heavy stockpot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, then add the garlic, ginger, jalapeno, curry, cinnamon and cumin. Stir, as the spices cook, for about 5 minutes. Add the lentils and vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for about 45 minutes. Stir in the cilantro and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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