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This is a surprisingly light and tangy lentil soup. If you are used to thick and heavy lentil soups, this one will surprise you. It's very tasty and was a great complement to the pizza recipe I just put up. This is also adapted from a Greens restaurant recipe.

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Servings: 12-16


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  1. Put lentils in a large sauce pan with water and bay leaf, bring to boil, lower heat and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
  2. While lentils cook, heat oil in a large soup pot, add onions, and 1/2 tsp salt. Saute over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add ginger and garlic cook 1 minute. Stir in spices and cook for 2-3 minutes, adding water if needed. Add the vegetables, another tsp of salt, and cook for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and simmer until lentils are ready, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove bay leaf and add lentils and their broth to the soup pot. Add salt to taste (about 1 tsp) and 2 pinches of Cayenne pepper and simmer for about 20 minutes uncovered. Check and adjust with more salt and Cayenne if needed.
  4. Serve in bowls with a sprinkle of fresh Cilantro and lemon wedge on the side.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 358g
Recipe makes 12 servings
Calories 128  
Calories from Fat 20 16%
Total Fat 2.3g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.32g 1%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 450mg 19%
Potassium 454mg 13%
Total Carbs 20.59g 5%
Dietary Fiber 8.9g 30%
Sugars 3.07g 2%
Protein 7.38g 12%



  • Claudia lamascolo
    February 7, 2010
    Delicious and love lentils they are so good for you great recipe!
    • Dave McFarland
      February 11, 2010
      It looks OK, but I wouldn't call it a Curry Lentil soup. There is no curry in it, though there are 2 items common to curry, and they aren't the main items in curry. If you used Fenugreek, and turmeric, it would have helped. Why don't you use Madris Curry, or a number of other curries, and be done with it. A true curry has upwards to about 24 different spices in it. In India, each household has their own special curry, that they make for themselves. Imagine how many recipes for curry there are. Some also take a standard curry and modify it, for themselves.
      • Shirley
        March 6, 2010
        Good recipe. We usually always add tumeric as well in Dal. Also mustard seeds are crackled in oil for the seasoning.
        • kathy gori
          March 7, 2010
          looks really good , curry and lentils what's not to like?!
          • Salad Foodie
            August 28, 2011
            Though I "went astray" preparing your recipe I came close enough to say it's a Five Star soup for sure. The changes I made evolved into "Lentil, Sausage and Vegetable Stew" on this site. Thanks for the inspiration.
            I've cooked/tasted this recipe!


            • Miss Polly Motzko
              May 30, 2010
              Hello there John,

              Where is Greens Restaurant? You sure make me want to go there, since the Pizza Dough and the Curry Lentil Soup came from there. I love stuff like that!

              Keep making great looking stuff for me to want to try!

              Polly Motzko


              • Susan Spires
                February 11, 2010
                I'll keep an eye out for one without tomatoes, Martha. I do love lentil soup and believe I've had them without tomatoes too, but I haven't made one like that myself yet. Will let you know when I find one!
                • Dave McFarland
                  February 11, 2010
                  Hi Martha,
                  Leave the tomatoes out, if you want. Was the sausage hot and spicy? The mark of a good cook, is one who will experiment with items, they know might help. Start with 2 T of Madris Curry, and go from there. Add what you want, and what you think was in that soup in the restaurant. Find 4 or 5 Curry Lentil recipes, and compare them. The internet is a great place to find them. I have over 1.5 million recipes on my computer. Good luck. Dave
                  • Martha A. Cheves
                    February 5, 2010
                    I stopped at a restaurant for lunch one day and they served a complimentary dish of Lentil soup. It was so good. I ate each bite slowly trying to determine the ingredients. (They wouldn't give me the recipe). I've looked for this recipe everywhere and they all include tomatoes as an ingredient. This soup had NO tomatoes. It did have some type of sausage and I'm sure cumin. Any ideas?
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