Red Lentil Curry Soup

By Alexandra Caspero on January 22, 2016

Red lentil curry soup! A creamy and flavorful combination of sweet potatoes, garlic, onion, red lentils, and coconut milk. A vegan must make!

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Oh, this soup. As in the one I’ve been eating almost non-stop for an entire two weeks. It’s the problem (but not-really-a-problem) of recipe development. Make it, tweak it, eat it non-stop until you are finally convinced that you’ve found the winning combination. Then, make it again a few days later because you miss it and have to have it.

Red Lentil Curry Soup! Vegan, Gluten-Free and so delicious. You've gotta make this protein packed soup! |

I made another batch of this when I was back in Virginia last week; I really wanted my mom to try it and I wanted to show my sister how to use red lentils in a soup. You know the happy dance you do when someone takes a bite of something you made and loves it? (Just me?) Well, let’s just say I danced all night.

Even though I come from a family of pretty healthy eaters, I’m reminded of the vegetarian-cooking bubble I live in when I share new recipes. I sometimes forget that not everyone knows how to swap in plant-based proteins for favorite recipes or what to do with lentils when they aren’t brown.

Red Lentil Curry Soup! Vegan, Gluten-Free and so delicious. You've gotta make this protein packed soup! |

I think we’ve all had some version of the ubiquitous lentil soup: chunky vegetables, little spice, murky brown color. Don’t get me wrong, I love lentil soup as much as the next veg-head, but this is not your momma’s lentil soup. It’s creamy, spicy with a hint of richness. It may be the best lentil soup I’ve ever made.

Red Lentil Curry Soup! Vegan, Gluten-Free and so delicious. You've gotta make this protein packed soup! |

Like most of my soups, I start with a quick saute of aromatics (onion, garlic, ginger and curry powder) followed by vegetables, lentils and tomatoes simmered in low-sodium vegetable broth from Pacific Foods.

I know I’ve said this before, but broth matters. I used to think that it didn’t; for years I bought the jars of vegetable bouillon instead of packaged broth. I didn’t notice what a difference it made until I switched over to Pacific Foods broth last winter. Bam. Whoops. I’m sorry for the overly-salty soups I’d been serving for years. Now, I stock up this broth by the case.

Red Lentil Curry Soup! Vegan, Gluten-Free and so delicious. You've gotta make this protein packed soup! |

The cool thing about red lentils is that they almost dissolve into the soup completely, so you’re left with a chunky stew thickened by beans! After a generous stir-in of coconut milk, cilantro and fresh lime juice, this is one lentil soup that can’t be missed.

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 


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    1. Valerie
      November 21, 2022 AT 7:04 pm

      My new favorite lentil soup with all of my favorite ingredients! Pacific Foods broths and stocks are also my favorite! We’re on the same wavelength. The soup is flavorful and hearty; just simply delish!

    2. Ali
      November 7, 2022 AT 10:17 am

      I love this soup! Better than a restaurant. This is so comforting and creamy. I didn’t have fresh ginger but ground ginger worked just fine. Great flavor in this soup. I will definitely make this again. Thank you for this recipe!

    3. Kristin
      April 1, 2022 AT 12:34 pm

      This recipe is SO GOOD! Might be my new favorite soup to make and so easy to do. Thank you!

      1. Alex
        April 3, 2022 AT 5:39 am

        Love hearing that, thanks Kristin!

    4. Lizzie
      November 21, 2021 AT 7:33 pm

      Delish- my favorite lentil soup!

    5. Connie
      June 18, 2020 AT 5:28 pm

      This is delicious! I followed the recipe as written, except I did not have enough cilantro!! That never would have happened before Covid!! It was a perfect dinner on the cool rainy day we had yesterday.

    6. Jessica
      October 21, 2018 AT 7:51 am

      Looks amazing! Can it be frozen? If so, how would you reheat?

      1. Jamie Carroll
        June 12, 2020 AT 9:03 pm

        This soup was exactly what I needed today. I’ve had an upset stomach from stress around the pandemic, unemployment and loss of friendships. Good, healthy food heals, and this soup did exactly that! I was very exact in following Alex’s recipe except I added 1 more garlic clove and .5 oz. less of canned diced tomatoes. I also bought Organic Coconut Milk with 0 Guar Gum and full fat.
        I never have a second bowl of soup, but did tonight!
        Thank you, Alex for a soul-satisfying meal.

      2. Alex
        October 24, 2018 AT 7:02 am

        Hi Jessica,

        Yes, you should be able to freeze and reheat this one- I do it all the time with soups. Just place in a freezer safe container, then either thaw and reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

    7. Rebecca @ Strength & Sunshine
      January 26, 2016 AT 2:20 pm

      Red lentils are the best!!

    8. Jessica @ Nutritioulicious
      January 25, 2016 AT 6:28 pm

      This is totally my kind of soup! I only first cooked with red lentils a couple of weeks ago and didn’t realize how different the texture of them is from green lentils – they’re perfect for soup! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

    9. Suzanne Johannes
      January 24, 2016 AT 12:26 pm

      Yum! Made this for my lunches for the week. I left out the sweet potatoes and added a bag of frozen corn/green beans/carrots for more color. It was so good! Thank you for the recipe!

      1. DK
        January 25, 2016 AT 3:37 pm

        Glad you liked it! Thanks for letting me know!