Spicy Red Lentil Soup

51 Reviews
100% would make this recipe again

Contrary to what its name suggests, the colour of the «red» lentil is actually closer to orange. It is a smaller and rounder lentil than the more commonly found brown type and falls apart as it cooks. It is rich in proteins, minerals, vitamins A and B.

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Preparation : 10 min Cooking : 25 min
140 calories/serving


1 cup red-orange lentils (dried), rinsed and drained 190 g
1 tbsp canola oil 15 mL
1 red onions, finely chopped 150 g
2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
1 tbsp gingerroot, grated 14 g
1/2 tsp ground cumin 2 g
1/2 tsp curry powder 2 g
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 g
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper 0.4 g
4 cups vegetable broth 1 L
3/4 cup canned tomatoes (diced) 200 g
2/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk [optional] 170 mL
1 1/2 tbsp lime juice, freshly squeezed 3/4 lime
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.2 g
ground pepper to taste [optional]
3 tbsp fresh cilantro [optional] 6 g

Before you start

It is not necessary to soak the lentils in advance.


  1. Rinse the lentils well under cold water and drain.
  2. Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat. Finely chop the onion, add it to the pot, and sauté with occasional stirring 4-5 min until translucent. Add the minced or pressed garlic, grated ginger and spices. Cook 1 min with stirring. Add the lentils, broth, diced tomatoes, salt, and pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, 15-20 min until the lentils become very soft. Pour in the coconut milk (optional) and lime juice. Adjust the seasoning.
  4. Serve in bowls and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves (optional).

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 serving (280 g)


% Daily Value




3 g

4 %

Saturated 0.3 g
+ Trans 0 g

1 %


0 mg


70 mg

3 %


22 g

7 %


4 g

17 %


2 g

Net Carbs

18 g


8 g

Vitamin A

7 %

Vitamin C

12 %


4 %


21 %


This recipe is :
Diet-related health claims  :
Artery-healthy, Heart-healthy
Excellent source of  :
Folacin, Manganese
Good source of  :
Copper, Fibre, Iron, Pantothenic Acid
Source of  :
Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc
Low  :
Fat, Saturated Fat, Sodium
Free  :
Added Sugar, Cholesterol, Trans Fat


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 1
Fruits 0
Vegetables ½
Meat and Alternatives 1
Fats 1 ½

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september 29, 2010 | I would make this recipe again

OK, I make lentil soup in the crock pot all the time, but THIS...THIS was AWESOME. Totally flavorful... I used a hot curry powder and doubled the amount, but otherwise, stuck to the recipe. I used the coconut milk (light) and left out the cilantro, but it was divine. Whoo hoo!

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october 20, 2021 | I would make this recipe again

Quick, easy and very flavourful. I'll definitely make this one again!

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january 25, 2011 | I would make this recipe again

It was very good. I used the recipe guidelines. I have light curry powder but the other spice makes it just right for me.

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