Vegetarian Curried Lentil Soup

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"This is a quick version of the traditional lentil soup. It uses red lentils which break down and thicken the soup. Feel free to add what ever you like to this soup. If you prefer to use stock, do not add the veggie cube."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (494.3 g)
  • Calories 299.6
  • Total Fat - 4.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 8 mg
  • Sodium - 820.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 48.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 21.8 g
  • Sugars - 7 g
  • Protein - 17.5 g
  • Calcium - 99.2 mg
  • Iron - 5.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 12.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.6 mg

Step 1

Gently saute vegetables in butter for about 3 minutes.

Step 2

Add garlic, curry powder, cayenne (if using) and saute 1 minute longer.

Step 3

Add rinsed lentils, water and bouillon cube; stir until bouillon cube has dissolved.

Step 4

Bring to boil; skim foam if needed.

Step 5

Reduce heat to low and cover.

Step 6

Simmer until thickened, about 30-45 minutes.

Step 7

Add pepper and lemon juice.

Step 8

Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


Daily Inspiration

I absolutely love lentil soup and this was such a delicious and satisfying soup. Made as directed and just for good measure, I added a tiny bit of cream to thicken it up at the end and give it a creamy texture.

(29 Jun 2020)


Delicious -- I used chicken bouillon along with some chicken broth (in place of some of the water), green lentils, 2 carrots and only 2 cloves of garlic and only 1 T of the curry powder. I did add the cayenne pepper too -- it was quite hot, so next time I will skip the cayenne, but also very good. Served with muffins for an easy and good dinner. Thanks for sharing!

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(21 Sep 2019)


Delicious. I ended up having to cook mine a bit longer due to bad planning on my part, so mine was a bit “mushier”, but still really good.

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(23 Nov 2017)


Delish! I love the lemon juice. What a great idea. I also used "Luvcookn" Simply Curry mix. I hit. I made it for some friends and they wouldn't stop commenting how flavorful it was. Thanks Patti for posting the recipe.

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(11 Sep 2016)


The curry gives this soup a great flavor. I used my homemade, which is very spicy, plus I probably should have skipped that light sprinkle of cayenne I added too - it was quite hot. I also added about tripled the lemon, since we love it, and it went really well with all the ingredients. I bet this would be good with potatoes in it as well. Thanks for a yummy soup!

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(30 Jul 2015)


This is a delicious belly warming soup I really enjoyed. Definitely a keeper recipe!!

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(16 Nov 2013)