This curried lentil soup is a simple and hearty dish that is packed with flavors. It is made with simple ingredients and uses warming spices. Made in the
Why you will love this recipe?
- Quick and easy: This vegan curry lentil soup recipe is easy to make and can be put together in just 30 minutes with just 5 minutes of hands-on time.
- Comfort food: With its warm and hearty nature,
Instant Potlentil soup is the ideal comfort food, perfect for cold days or when you crave something soothing and satisfying.
- Freezer-friendly: This curry lentil soup freezes well, enabling you to prepare a large batch and save portions for later consumption, making it an easy option for meal prepping.
Dry lentils: I use brown lentils or green lentils to make curried lentil soup.
Spices: I am using curry powder and paprika. You can adjust the amount of curry powder depending on your preference.
Aromatics: I am using yellow onions and garlic. You can also use white onions instead.
Tomatoes: I am using canned tomatoes; however, they can be replaced with fresh tomatoes.
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There are many variations of this easy lentil soup recipe, and you can customize the recipe to make it your own. Here are a few ideas:
Add different vegetables: You can add any vegetables that you like to this delicious curry lentil soup. Some good options are carrots, celery, potatoes, spinach, kale, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, or broccoli.
Use various kinds of lentils: There are many different types of lentils that can be used to make curry lentil soup. Each one has a different flavor and texture. Red lentils and yellow lentils will break down and thicken the soup, while green lentils, black lentils, and brown lentils will retain their shape.
Make it creamy: Puree a portion of the cooked curry lentil soup using an immersion blender or regular blender to create a creamy texture while leaving the remaining lentils and vegetables whole for added texture. Finish it with a touch of coconut milk, coconut cream, or heavy cream to enhance the flavor.
Add protein: You can add protein to this curry lentil soup to make it a more complete meal. Some popular choices include cooked chicken, tofu, or tempeh.
Garnish: Apart from lemon juice and cilantro, garnish the curried lentil soup with other toppings, such as yogurt, sour cream, or croutons.
Step 1: Set the
Step 2: Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Saute them for 4-5 minutes (images 2 and 3).
Step 3: Add the crushed tomatoes, lentils, curry powder, salt, and ground black pepper (image 4).
Step 4: Add the stock and mix well. Deglaze the pot to remove any brown bits (image 5).
Step 5: Secure the lid and set the
Step 6: Do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then do a quick release. Top with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and cilantro (images 7 and 8).
Before cooking, rinse the lentils under cold water in a fine-mesh strainer to remove any dust or debris.
In my recipe, I am using homemade curry powder, which is relatively mild. Adjust the amount of curry powder depending on your preference. You can also add chili powder or red pepper flakes for a spicier version.
If you're adding leafy greens like spinach or kale, do so towards the end of cooking to preserve their vibrant color.
What to serve with curried lentil soup?
This curry lentil soup is a hearty and filling soup that can be served as a main course or as a starter. Here are some ideas for what to serve with this hearty soup:
Bread: A crusty sourdough bread is a classic accompaniment to curried lentil soup. I also like to pair it with seeded sourdough bread.
Naan: Naan is a delicious and versatile bread that can be served with a variety of dishes, including this thick and creamy curried lentil soup.
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If you want a thicker consistency, use less broth or water when initially cooking the soup, and simmer it uncovered after pressure cooking to allow some moisture to evaporate. Alternatively, after cooking, use an immersion blender to partially puree the soup, leaving some lentils and vegetables intact for texture. If you prefer a thinner consistency, add more liquid gradually until it reaches your desired thickness.
No, soaking dry lentils is not necessary for making soup. Unlike some other legumes, lentils cook relatively quickly and do not require soaking. Simply rinse and pick through them to remove any debris before adding them directly to your soup recipe.
Do the initial sauteing in a separate pan, then transfer them, along with the spices, lentils, tomatoes, and broth, to the slow cooker. Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 3-4 hours until the lentils are fully cooked.
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Curried Lentil Soup
- Set the Instant Pot in saute mode and add olive oil. Add the minced garlic and saute for one minute.
- Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Saute them for 4-5 minutes.
- Add the crushed tomatoes, lentils, curry powder, salt, and pepper.
- Add the stock and mix well. Deglaze the pot to remove any brown bits.
- Secure the lid and set the Instant Pot to pressure cook for 18 minutes.
- Do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then do a quick release.
- Top with lemon juice and cilantro.
- Serve warm with crusty bread.