Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup Recipe

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Kathy D


I just love red lentil soup. This beauty comes from Aarti Sequeira. The seasoned oil really makes this flavorful. There is also a list of additional garnishes for serving. Enjoy!


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20 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


  • 1 c
    red lentils, washed and soaked for 1 hour, then drained
  • 2 clove
    garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1
    serrano chile, split and seeded
  • 1
    inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 medium
    onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large
    tomato, diced
  • 2 Tbsp
    canola oil
  • 1 tsp
    cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    turmeric, ground
  • ·
    kosher salt, to taste
  • ·
    honey, for drizzling

  • ·
    chopped fresh cilantro
  • ·
  • ·
    lemon or lime wedges

How to Make Red Lentil Soup


  1. Combine the lentils, garlic, serrano, ginger, onions, tomatoes, and enough water to cover them in a medium pot over medium heat. Bring this mixture to a boil and then lower the heat and simmer until the lentils get tender - approx. 30-45 minutes. Whisk the cooked lentils to release some more of their starch and to help cook them down further.
  2. Warm the 2 T. of canola oil in a small saute pan over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and cook until they start sizzling. Then, stir in the paprika and turmeric.
  3. Pour the seasoned oil into the pot of lentils and stir to fully combine. Season with salt and a small drizzle of honey. Ladle into your soup bowls and add garnishes if desired. Enjoy!

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About Red Lentil Soup

Course/Dish: Other Soups
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: Indian

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