Curried Red Lentil Soup

January/February 1993, September/October 2010

Your rating: None Average: 4.3 (177 votes)

This soup is inspired by the Indian side dish dal; the Hindi word means “split” and refers to the split peas or lentils used in its preparation. Fragrant ginger, curry, cinnamon and cumin add lots of rich flavor.

"Great soup! I ended up using fish (mussel) broth I had frozen in the freezer, which turned out great. Next time I would cut the amount of cinnamon in half (I found it overpowered the other flavours) and add an extra half teaspoon of...
Curried Red Lentil Soup

29 Reviews for Curried Red Lentil Soup

Finally, my husband complimented my cooking!!

It's not often that my husband tells me that I made something delicious. This recipe was VERY flavorful & easy to make. The red lentils get soft/mushy very quickly so everything was done in less than an hour. The recipe filled our house with flavor - my husband said it smelled like an indian restaurant when he walked in the house. I'll definitely make this one again!

Very easy & had most ingredients in house
Best curried lentil soup I've made

After making it according to the recipe, I found it needed some veg, so followed the track of the reviewer who added diced sweet potato. Chard and Kale were outrageously expensive this time of year, so added some frozen spinach, although the heft in kale or chard would have been better. Used some chickpeas and only a cup of lentils. Didn't have the red, so used French greens. Used less broth than called for. Also, didn't have a jalapeno, but the curry powder I used was hot enough.

Great base; healthy; inexpensive
Flavor & Scent Explosion!!

Yummmmm....The only changes I made were using fewer lentils (didn't have enough on hand...had a little less than a cup), using regular and not red lentils (already had "regular" ones in my cupboard), and no mango chutney (I would love to try it the next time....couldn't find it on my shopping trip this time). So easy to prepare...very little chopping required.This is fantastic!!! Amazing flavor and scent combination! Will absolutely be making this again and again!!!

Flavor, Scent, Easy-to-prepare, Healthy
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Anonymous wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Didn't click the drop-down

Didn't click the drop-down arrow to increase the star rating when I wrote this review....definitely 5 stars for me instead of just 4.....sorry about that!


This soup is delicious. Used half the amount of cinnamon per other reviews and it was plenty. Did not have a jalapeno so I used 1 1/2 tsp. canned diced jalapeno. Just the right kick for me - a little too much for my six and four year old who both really enjoyed this soup. One ate it over steamed rice and the other dipped tortilla chips in it. Will make again and again!


This recipe was delicious. The lemon and coriander really complete the dish. I didn't have yoghurt on hand but imagine that would be even better - if that's possible. This one goes into the 'love' file.

Cheap, easy
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Anonymous wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I made this tonight and it

I made this tonight and it was very tasty, especially with the yogurt added. My house smells incredible! I will definitely make again as soon as I find mango chutney or a recipe for that also.

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