Curried Red Lentil Soup

January/February 1993, September/October 2010

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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

26 Reviews for Curried Red Lentil Soup


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 3 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.

Wonderful recipe

I followed the recipe to the end but didn't add cinnamon & nutmeg. I also topped it off with grilled shrimp. This recipe was a total hit with the family. The addition of yogurt was so tasty.

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Anonymous wrote 1 week 5 days ago

I also do not use Cinnamon

I also do not use Cinnamon and nutmeg - don't like it. The soup is perfect without these spices.

Loved it. Gets better in the fridge.

I make this all the time. I leave out the chutney, it's just not for me. And I use 4-5 jalapenos because they're one of my favorite foods and one just wasn't enough!

The yogurt makes a brilliant garnish--a much, much healthier alternative to sour cream!

Also, I like to make this soup then leave the pot in the fridge for a day or two before eating (if I can resist) because the flavors meld together and it just tastes better and better.

Easy, cheap, tasty

Loved this soup. Such a great flavor. I added a cubed sweet potato just to give it a little more texture. Would add carrots as well next time. The chutney gave it a little sweetness that was addictive. Loved it. Did not need the yogurt.


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