Indian Red Lentil Soup


The creamy base for this soup is the red lentils.  It comes together quickly and has those lovely East Indian flavors, making a tasty meal for any day of the week or a fine bowl of soup for entertaining.    This delicious soup serves up well with some whole-wheat pita pockets filled with tomato, avocado, lettuce, cucumber, and sweet onion–whatever suits your family’s taste buds.

If you happen to have a dicer, it will make short and perfect work of prepping the onion, carrots and potatoes. I’m not a gadget person (one good knife usually suits me just fine), but the bit of money spent on this tool is well worth it! See Note below recipe.



Indian Red Lentil Soup

Servings – 8-10 (1-cup)
Prep Time – 15-20 minutes
Cook Time –  30 minutes

To Saute:

2 tsp mild olive oil or broth

1 medium-sized onion, chopped–approximately 1 1/2 cups


For Kettle:

5 cups water 

1 1/4 cups red lentils

2 tsp cumin

1 1/4 tsp curry powder

1/2 tsp coriander

1/2 tsp granulated garlic

1/4 tsp turmeric


Additional Ingredients:

1 cup potatoes, diced-see Note

2/3 cup carrots, dicedsee Note

1 15 oz. can petite diced tomatoes in sauce

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp McKay’s Vegan Chicken-Style make your own Chick-Like Seasoning

2 cups fresh spinach, chopped, opt.

  1. Sauté the onion for five minutes in a large kettle.
  2. Combine ingredients for the kettle with the sautéed onion, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add the final ingredients to the kettle and simmer an additional 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.


Whenever I make a dish that chops more than one item or requires a lot of chopping, I use a Chop Wizard.  It makes the job quick and easy.  There are more than one size of chopping blades, so the onion and carrots do well with the smallest size and the potatoes are great with the larger blades.  It can take a little getting used to in the beginning (I took my first one back), but once you know how to use it, what a benefit!  It is necessary to slice the potatoes the thickness you want and then lay the slices on the blade and it will chop it into perfect little squares for you.  It works just as wonderfully for potato salad (pickles, potatoes, & onion) and endless other dishes.