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Curried Red Lentil Soup
with curry roasted cauliflower

Active: 30 minTotal: 40 min
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With a mix of warm spices and creamy coconut milk, this lentil soup is simple but packed with flavor.
Smarts: This soup is great both as a smooth puree or with the lentils left whole. Feel free to customize the texture to your liking.



Curried Red Lentil Soup:
  • Onions, medium red - 1, diced
  • Carrots - 4 oz, diced
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped white and green parts separate
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Curry powder, yellow and mild - 1 Tbsp
  • Cumin - 1 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes - 1/4 tsp
  • Tomatoes, crushed (15 oz / 397 g) - 1 can (we liked fire roasted tomatoes in this, but regular will work)
  • Coconut milk - 1 cup
  • Stock, any type - 3 cups
  • Lentils, red and uncooked - 1 1/4 cups (sub yellow lentils)
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - for serving
Curry Roasted Cauliflower:
  • Cauliflower, medium - 1 head, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Curry powder, yellow and mild - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp

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Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Cauliflower / Onions / Carrots / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store cauliflower in one container. Combine onions and carrots in another container. Store garlic in a third container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Green onions - Chop green onions. Store green and white parts separately. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)


  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C.
  2. While oven is heating, heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add butter. When butter melts, add onions and carrots with a pinch of salt. Saute until soft, 4 to 6 minutes.
  3. Add white parts of green onions, garlic, curry powder (portion for the soup), cumin and red pepper flakes. Saute for 1 minute more.
  4. To soup add crushed tomatoes, coconut milk, stock and lentils. Bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer until lentils are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. While soup simmers, toss cauliflower with oil, curry powder (portion for the cauliflower) and salt. Spread out on a sheet pan and transfer to oven. Roast cauliflower, shaking the pan halfway through cooking, until cauliflower is tender and golden brown in spots, ~30 minutes total.
  6. When soup is finished, stir in lemon juice. (Optional: If you would like a smooth soup, puree with an immersion blender or transfer to a blender and blend until smooth.)
  7. Season soup to taste with some salt and pepper.
  8. Ladle soup into bowls and top with green parts of green onions. Serve with yogurt, for topping if you'd like. Enjoy cauliflower on the side.

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This meal has 64 reviews

This was just okay - I might try it again someday with a few tweaks.

By: Andrea
Posted: Apr 17, 2019
Diet: Original

Best soup I've ever had in my life

By: Nikki
Posted: Mar 17, 2019
Diet: Original

Love the soup. Blended the soup for smooth and creamy texture.

By: Julie
Posted: Jan 29, 2019
Diet: Original

yummmm. Extra cauliflower, soup from rice cooker

By: Juliana
Posted: Jan 18, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

Thought the flavor was very good. Didn’t think this would be filling enough but it was. Could probably have a little more cauliflower. Our lentils needed longer than the time it said. We favorited this one. Nice, hearty vegetarian meal.

By: Laura
Posted: Oct 27, 2018
Diet: Original

I actually found the soup recipe a bit bland as written. I ended up adding the rest of the can of coconut milk as well as about a tsp each of coriander, ground ginger, turmeric as well as some fresh cilantro as garnish. I also didn’t have lemon so I squeezed a wedge of lime on each bowl before serving. Quite tasty!

By: Courtney
Posted: Apr 11, 2018
Diet: Original