Spicy red lentil and vegetable soup

Remember that red lentils cook in 20 minutes, making this a quick soup to prepare.

Ready in

1 hour 15 mins

Serving size

Serves 6 – 8


  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) sunflower oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 cm piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) ground coriander
  • 4 tsp (20 ml) ground cumin
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) curry powder or to taste
  • 8 cups (2 litres) water
  • 1 cup (250 ml) uncooked red lentils
  • 3 carrots, coarsely grated
  • 2 potatoes, grated
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) chopped fresh parsley or coriander
  • ½ tsp (2,5 ml) salt
  • lemon juice and black pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large pot and fry onions, ginger and spices.
  2. Add water, lentils, carrots and potatoes.
  3. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer with a lid for 20 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
  4. Add tomatoes, herbs and salt and heat through.
  5. Season with lemon juice and pepper and remember not to add extra salt at the table.

Spicy red lentil and vegetable soup video

This recipe is from Cooking from the heart, 1st edition

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