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Creamy Coconut Red Lentil Soup Recipe

Creamy Coconut Red Lentil Soup
How to make Creamy Coconut Red Lentil Soup

An immunity-boosting soup for the monsoon season - this recipe has greens swirled into a spiced, creamy red lentil soup. It is vegan and offers numerous health benefits. Serve with fresh cilantro, a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a pinch of sumac.

  • Total Cook Time 45 mins
  • Prep Time 10 mins
  • Cook Time 35 mins
  • Recipe Servings2
  • Easy

Ingredients of Creamy Coconut Red Lentil Soup

  • 1 1/2 tbsp Avocado oil
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Coarsely crushed coriander
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 1 tsp Minced ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ground cardamom
  • 1 cup Diced tomatoes (from 1 can, drained)
  • to taste Salt
  • to taste Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup Red lentils, soaked for 30 mins and drained
  • 2-3 cups Water
  • 1 cup Coconut milk
  • 1-2 cups Chopped dandelion or other greens
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Fresh lime juice for garnish
  • Sumac for garnish
  • Cayenne pepper for garnish (optional)

How to Make Creamy Coconut Red Lentil Soup

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Heat the avocado oil in a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the cumin and crushed coriander seeds until they sizzle, about 1 minute.
Add the chopped onion and cook until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute.
Add the turmeric, ground cumin and coriander, smoked paprika, and cardamom and sauté for 1 minute.
Add the diced tomatoes along with a pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Add the drained lentils and water and stir to mix. Turn the heat to low and simmer with the lid on until the lentils are softened, 20 to 30 minutes.
Stir in the coconut milk, chopped greens, and 1/2 tsp salt and simmer to let the flavors meld and the greens wilt, 5 to 10 minutes. Taste and adjust for seasoning.
Serve with fresh cilantro, a squeeze of fresh lime juice, a pinch of sumac and a hit of cayenne if you like some heat.
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