Lentil Soup

Written by Kajsa IngelssonJanuary 18, 2017


Mjau to all of you!

Let’s talk about lentils for a sec. Did you know that lentils are an excellent source of molybdenum and folate? Or that they are also a very good source of dietary fiber, copper, phosphorus and manganese? Plus the fact that they are a good source of iron, protein, vitamin B1, pantothenic acid, zinc, potassium and vitamin B6?

They’re a super (star) food. I love them for being easy to prep and extremely versatile. Since it’s being winter on half the globe (as always hehe) I prepared this spicy and warming lentil soup for you all. Easy to make and store, this recipe will keep you full for days to come.

Lentil Soup

About 30 min, serves 2 with leftovers

Let’s get to it. This is what you’ll need:

  • 1,5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1,5 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup (2,5 dl) uncooked red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 3,5 cups (8 dl) vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 2 big handful baby spinach
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice, or more to taste

Make it it like this:

  • In a large pot, add the oil, onion, and garlic. Add a pinch of salt, stir, and sauté over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes until the onion softens.
  • Stir in the turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, and cardamom until combined. Continue cooking for about 1 minute, until fragrant.
  • Add the diced tomatoes (with juices), entire can of coconut milk, red lentils, broth, salt, and plenty of pepper. Add red pepper flakes or cayenne, if desired, to taste. Stir to combine. Increase heat to high and bring to a low boil.
  • Once it boils, reduce the heat to medium-high, and simmer, uncovered, for about 18 to 22 minutes, until the lentils are fluffy and tender.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the spinach until wilted. Add the lime juice to taste. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if desired.