Red Lentil Soup
Lunch for me is a very subdued affair. I am not a fan of leafy salads. They really dont fill me up and I end up feeling doubly hungry, deprived and I end up overeating later on. To avoid that, I opt for healthy and filling soups accompanied by sizable piece of breads. Warm and nutritious, Soups are one of nature's best foods. I have this recipe from a gal pal of mine who got it from her sister (and so on...goes the chain). I have made Red Lentil soup before but the addition of coconut milk along with lemongrass makes all the difference. Bursting with flavour and protein, this will soon become your go-to meal often enough, mark my words :) Serve it with a crusty bread.
Red Lentil Soup
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  • Serves: 2 people
  • 1 Onions,finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch piece of lemon grass, chopped into thin slices
  • 1 cup red lentils, washed until water runs clear
  • 1 tsp cumin-coriander powder
  • 2 cups coconut milk (freshly made, or canned)
  • 1 tsp paparika (or as per taste)
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 scallions
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • few sprigs of cilantro for garnish
1. In a saucepan, in 1/2 tsp oil saute onions, garlic and lemon grass until soft.
2. Add the lentils along with the spices.
3. Add the coconut milk, 2 cups water (add more to suit your consistancy) bring to a boil and then simmer covered until soft and mushy
4. Add the juice of lemon, scallions, salt, pepper.
5. Serve warm garnished with scallions, paprika and cilantro.

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2 Member Reviews

By selma on Jan 22, 2012

This soup is absolutely delicious, simple and easy to make. Yummy!

By Lorraine on Jul 9, 2010

I made exactly as directions said, and everyone loved it!!


By Amelie on Mar 12, 2014

This is really healthy and give complete fulfillment from hunger.Thank you

By Roopashree on Mar 9, 2013

Hi, am new to cooking and love browsing your site. Can you tell me what is Paparika? Is it capsicum or a spice?

By Gamze on Dec 4, 2009

we cook red lentil soup in Turkiye. it ha little difference. i never tasted with coconut flavor. i want to share the way that i cook with you. I put onions, lentils, a choped carrot and potato and boil all. after blend them all.cook the tablespoonfull tomato paste with a little oil. after cooking, mix it with soup. put some black pepper and if you want a few lemon drop. bon apetit from Turkiye!

Sounds delicious Gamze. I will surely try it this way next time I make it. Thanks for sharing your recipe with me :) --DK

By Protein Shakes on Aug 4, 2009

Very nice post on nutrition. Hope to learn more from you.

By Curry Leaf on Mar 12, 2009

healthy and delicious.Love it DK.It seems I missed several wonderful posts of yours that it will take atleast one month for me to check out each dish.

By Maya on Mar 9, 2009

Oh yummy..Must be so fragrant too.

By Chef Tom on Mar 9, 2009

Thanks for joining my topsite! Nice blog! I love how you use photos with the recipe procedures!

By Madhumathi on Mar 9, 2009

This is a wonderful soup recipe,Dk.Adding coconut milk is a great idea.Thanks for sharing..

By Lisa on Mar 9, 2009

What a lovely soup! You should submit this to No Croutons Required this month. I'm hosting this time around and the theme is Indian or Indian-style soups and salads.

By Ashwini on Mar 9, 2009

Nice healthy soup with all yummy flavours..

By Vanamala on Mar 9, 2009

Healthy delicious the recipe

By Soma on Mar 9, 2009

Wow that some some great flavors going on. Masur dal is the most common one in my kitchen, I'll need to make this:-)

By notyet100 on Mar 9, 2009

looks so yum,.:-)

By Lavanya on Mar 8, 2009

healthy to me!!

By jayasree on Mar 8, 2009

Coconut milk in soup must be vary flavorful.

By Madhuram on Mar 8, 2009

Yes, addition of coconut milk is new to me too.

By Neha on Mar 8, 2009

Nice , healthy n a filling soup. Can send it to SWC :Soups gng in my blog..

By Trupti on Mar 8, 2009

What a healthy soup DK !!

Happy Women's Day !!

By Divya Vikram on Mar 8, 2009

Looks fulfilling n healthy Dhiv. Time for me to make some soups.

By Indhu on Mar 8, 2009

very delicious soup. love the addition of coconut milk :)

By Pavani on Mar 8, 2009

I love this soup too. Wholesome, delicious and super quick. My son also enjoys it a lot.. Have never added lemon grass before, will try next time.