27 July 2008

Curried Lentil Soup with Lime

It's time to do some shopping. I looked in the cupboards and fridge and I wasn’t very inspired by what was left. I knew there had to be at least a soup there. I had one carrot, 2 potatoes and the last of my celery (I have been eating cheddar & celery sandwiches this week). Not much in the way of vegetables, I admit, but enough to make the base of a good lentil soup. I added some spices to pep up the flavour and finished it off some freshly squeezed lime juice (left over from a rather delicious Margarita).

Curried Lentil Soup

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp garam masala
1 carrot, finely chopped
2 medium potatoes, finely chopped
2 cups red lentils, rinsed
4 cups/ 2 pints vegetable stock
juice of half a lime
salt & freshly ground black pepper

Saute the onion, celery, garlic and ginger in the olive oil until the onion begins to soften. Add the spices and a dash of water. Cook for a couple of minutes, then add the carrot and potatoes to the pan and mix well. Next add the lentils and vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Lower to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 – 40 mins until the lentils are cooked. Pour in the lime juice and stir well, then season before serving up the soup. I didn’t blend it, because I prefer some chunks of vegetables in my soup.

Serves 6


  1. I love lentil soup - its so filling. Its been so hot here today though I don't think soup will be on the menu. Will have to bookmark this one for when the weather goes pear shaped again - probably very soon then!!

  2. This sounds so awesome! It sounds, also, like it needs some Thai Lime leaves in it. ;)

  3. Hi Beth, it was overcast for most of the day here, but after I made my soup the sun came out! Maybe I should make soup more often!

    Hey Davimack, I haven't tried those before, but I am willing to take your word on them inproving the soup :)

  4. Looks lovely--the kind of soup that could brighten a gloomy day. I love curry and lentil together!

  5. Hi Ricki, It is actually the first time I have used this combination. I usually have tomatoes, peanut butter and lemon juice in my lentil soup. It is great both ways :)

  6. Lentils are so delicious. any shape or form. Yours seems really nice with the spices and vegetables.

  7. You know I've been complaining about hot weather so soup is not in my plans anytime soon! Yours does look lovely though, and I did fix a big pot of lentils just today. I will eat them cold on salad!

  8. Love lentils! And lime and spices and on and on. This sounds delicious!

  9. That soup sounds tasty. I like the sound of celery and cheddar sandwiches.

  10. I'm with Kevin, I love the sound of cheddar and celery sandwiches. Anything else special you do with them? I also like the thought of lentils, tomatoes and peanut butter. Maybe I'm hungry, but it all sounds good tonight!!

    I'm a soup hound whether it is hot or cold outside!

  11. We had margaritas on a scorchingly hot day yesterday...too hot for soup...but it does sound amazing with the lime:D

  12. soup in a cup is the ultimate comfort food and I love your cup as well as your soup - you even have me thinking maybe I need some cheese and celery sandwiches!

  13. Hi Valentina, I like lentils too, but I don't cook with them nearly enough.

    Hi Diann, I would be interested to see what you do with your lentils.

    Thanks vb!

    Hi Kevin, the soup is really good amd it got the thumbs of from Graham. As to cheese and celery sandwiches, they are the best :)

    Hi Jackie, both soups are good and you have to try the sandwiches!

    I fear I must live summer vicariously through you, this year Val!

    I just remembered I had these soup bowls! I have a yellow one too. I hope you try the sandwiches too Johanna!

  14. You could use lemongrass, too....

  15. i think lentils must be one of the world's most perfect soup ingredients. the lime is a nice touch--bravo!

  16. Lentil soup is amazing - there is just something about it that I really love! This one looks great - lentils and curry are certainly a match made in heaven!

  17. Curried soup? Sounds positively mouthwatering and adding lime juice makes it refreshing too. Love it Holler!

  18. Mmm I love how this soup looks in that cute mug! Sounds delicious too. I need to cook with lentils more often.

  19. Thanks Davimack, I will think about that, although I like the flavour as it is, it packs quite a punch.

    Hi Jenn, it is a good combo and would atually make a good curry too. I had another bowl of it today and I had to thin it down.

    Thank you Lore and Ashley!

  20. Simple and so pretty, too.

    I can't think of a time of year when a lentil soup of some kind isn't just perfect.

  21. I made the soup. It was delicious! I didn't have limes, so I used lemons and it was wonderful. I'd never thought of doing that!

    That's why I love this blog world! So many ideas.

  22. Mmmm, excellent use of the lime - on both occasions! :-) Your lentil soup sounds wonderful - so hearty and soothing!

  23. Mmm. This sounds like a great variation on lentil soup (we love it at our house -- especially in the autumn). I love the lime!

  24. Hey Holler this soup looks awesome,I love lentils and soups too,so a combination of the two is always great :)

  25. What a wholesome and healthy soup, looks lovely.

  26. I am so glad you made the soup and enjoyed it Jackie! It is a tasty one and one we will be repeating here again soon :)

    Thank you Astra. Tequila is always good in my opinion!

    Thank you Lo!

    It is good Usha :)

    Thanks Jeena!

  27. Ooh - the addition of lime is a nice idea. Delicious. Often the best recipes come from times when the cupboard is rather bare and you have to be inventive!

  28. That is so true Antonia. I am trying not to overfill my cupboards to much, as I have not much space.


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