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Red Lentil, Carrot & Coconut Soup

I needed some comfort food. I was feeling so, so tired yesterday. I turned to my old favourite - soup! I wanted a creamy, thick soup, so I decided to use lentils. I added lots of carrots for a lovely sweet flavour, then spiced it up with some turmeric and chilli and finished it off with a little coconut milk. As usual this recipe makes a large pot of soup. I never see the point in making a small amount, as soup tastes so much better the next day and it can always be shared around or popped in the fridge or freezer.

Red Lentil, Carrot & Coconut Soup

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cm piece fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp turmeric
½ tsp chilli powder (up this if you want a hotter flavour)
8 carrots, chopped
2 large potatoes, chopped
3 pints vegetable stock
2 cups red lentils
½ cup coconut milk
3 tbsp tomato puree
1 large handful fresh coriander, chopped

Saute the onion, garlic and ginger in the olive oil until softened, then add the carrots and potatoes before stirring in the turmeric and chilli powder. Cook gently for 10 minutes, add a splash of water, if the vegetables feel like they are clinging to the pot. Add the red lentils and the stock then simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in the tomato puree & coconut milk and stir until the puree has dissolved. Stir in the coriander, then whizz up half of the soup. It is always good to have some chunks of vegetable in your soup. Stir the blended soup back in and then season.

Serves 8


  1. Red lentils are one of the world's greatest creations. I could eat soup like this all day. I totally agree on making a big portion - it's always great to have in the freezer.

  2. The soup looks delicious. Love the color and the flavors in it.

  3. Mmm lentils, potato, carrots, coconut - sounds & looks delicious!

  4. Red Lentils are the best ofa l teh lentils (well thats what i say).. can i have some of the soup & i want it in that pretty bowl please....

  5. Really nice combo of flavors going on in that bowl.

  6. That looks like pure comfort food - gorgeous photo, Holler!

  7. sounds delicious - I have been dreaming about soup with red lentils this morn so this soup sounds just right

  8. Loving all those carrots! And the coconut milk really adds the finishing touch. Just gorgeous my dear friend. Perfection!

  9. This looks really good - I love lentil based soups so i'll be giving this a go. i agree a big batch is the way to go - plenty of leftovers to freeze for another day. thanks for the inspiration.

  10. I always find it odd how some soups improve with age. I made one the other day that was pretty so-so on the day, but the leftovers were so tasty!

    This looks really yummy, and a great emergency meal to have in the freezer. Will have to give this a go.

  11. Right up my alley, I so wish someone could swoop by with a bowl of it this minute! What a cute bowl too:)

  12. Holler, amazing. I made this soup recently and I love it. It is official-my loyalty to it. Your pictures are great.

  13. Ooooh, it looks all chunky!! I love a good chunky soup, yummers!!

    Katie xox

  14. Wow, this soup really looks like a the ingredients in it! Great picture, yummie!

  15. The coconut/red lentil combo is totally different. Sweet!

  16. I love all the ingredients in this recipe! I've bookmarked this - it looks so yummy.

  17. Mmmm, I love love love red lentils - how did you know I have a new big bag of them waiting for new recipes? :-) Thank you for this amazing recipe - I can't wait to try it sooooon!! I love the addition of the coconut with all those glorious carrots!

  18. Looks yummy! I agree - there's nothing more satisfying knowing that you have some great soup in the fridge for the following day!

  19. I can never make a small portion of soup even when I mean to! Yours looks lovely and comforting - I hope it perked you up at the end of a long day :)

  20. wow this looks good and I left an award for you at my blog.

  21. Holler, you do the BEST soups!


  22. Does the carrot give that brilliant colour?

    And red lentils - do they remain red after cooking too?

    Its such a brilliant colour, really!

  23. Totally colour-coordinating with the ingredients aren't we... :)

  24. Hi Dana, I just seem to be totally incapable of making a small pot!

    Thanks Poornima :)

    It worked really well as a combination Ashley :)

    Hi Soma, we actually managed to finish it all!

    I will be making this soup again this week Joan. It was so good!

    Hi Arundathi, I always think that soup is a great comfort food, you can't beat it!

    Thanks Rose :)

    Hi Johanna, great minds think alike :)

    Thanks Lisa :)

    Hope you enjoy it Flower, although I know you will!

    Hope you try it Linda :)

    Hi Jenny, There is actually a restaurant here that serves 2nd day soup as standard, they stick by the fact that it is better second day!

    Are you still feeling poorly Pia? You are probably in need of some homemade soup if you are!

    It is good, isn't it Shelly :)

    I shall have to use that phrase Katie, brilliant :)

    Thanks Juliana :)

    Glad you like it Duo :)

    Let me know what you think once you have tried it Diann.

    Hey Astra, I also have a big bag of red lentils and....... psychic powers!

    Hi Alex, It does make life that little bit easier and it is great for lunch at work.

    It did perk me up Lysy and I was still tired the next day, so it was great having it ready and waiting!

    Thank you Mommy Gourmet, I will go and collect it. That is so kind of you :)

    That is praise indeed David :) Thanks!

    Hi A&N, the lentils lose a bit of their colour, although not all, but I think it was the carrots that really made the colours zing.

    True Cynthia, but it was just a coincidence, honest :)

  25. Comfort food is always the best and this looks just great!

  26. This sounds amazing. I adore all the ingredients and love the fact you didn't use curry powder.

  27. Thanks Dharm :)

    Hi Christie, I suppose I have just gotten used to using the spices I like. I never really got into the way of using curry powder.

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  29. That soup looks tasty! I like the use of the coconut milk in it.

  30. Oh my, literally eating my first mouthful of this right now and I can tell it is going to be an all-time favourite.

    Thank you!

  31. This is such a yummy, warm and filing soup. I would definitely add more chill powder next time as I couldn't taste it at all and a little salt. Thanksl

    1. Yeah, I am a bit of a coward when it comes to chilli :)


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