Red Lentil & Coconut Soup

red-lentil-coconut soup

This lentil soup ticks all the boxes. It’s packed full of flavour, nutritious and comforting. It requires a few staple ingredients, no fancy cooking methods and delivers a meal that you’ll want to eat over and over again. This is one of my go to meals and is perfect for both lunch and dinner.

I know I’ve mentioned my love for lentils before but how could you not love these little round jewels that taste wonderful and nourish your body.

One of the beauties of lentils is that you can pair them with so many different flavour bases. The key to delicious tasting lentils is lots of spices and herbs!


Red Lentil & Coconut Soup
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Serves: 6
  • 2 cups of red lentils, rinsed until water runs clear
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons coriander
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 8 cups vegetable stock
  1. Add onion, garlic, ginger, chilli and carrot to a large pot with a little oil and fry for around 10 minutes
  2. Add cumin, coriander and paprika and mix well to combine
  3. Add stock and lentils to the pot and bring to boil. Simmer for approximately 10 minutes
  4. Add the coconut milk, tomato paste and diced tomatoes and simmer for a further 20 minutes

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  • Reply Cheri Thunstrom August 21, 2013, 12:59 pm

    This looks really yummy. I can’t wait to try it! Looking forward to checking out the rest of your site too.

    • Reply Casey August 22, 2013, 12:49 pm

      Thanks so much Cheri!

  • Reply Linda Lakewood August 30, 2013, 7:15 am

    I found your recipe on Ree Drummond’s website, Pioneer Woman, and just had to know a little more about it, and you. First of all, I hope this finds you well and recovering! Second the Red Lentil and coconut soup sounds delightful. I make lentil soup, too, but just use onion, celery, carrot, canned and diced tomato, with a clove or two of garlic. I can hardly wait to try your recipe with it’s different ingredients and added spices. It really sounds great.

    • Reply Casey August 30, 2013, 7:33 am

      Hi Linda, thank you so much for your lovely message, that’s really kind of you! I hope you love the soup, the added spices make it really flavoursome :)

  • Reply K Bosveld September 22, 2013, 7:36 pm

    Found this recipe today and was in the kitchen 5 minutes later whipping it up for lunch. Fall is trying to sneak in here in SW Ontario and it felt like a soup day – this recipe really hit the spot! Such vibrant flavours – we’ll be enjoying the leftovers all week!
    Thanks so much for posting!

    • Reply Casey September 22, 2013, 9:35 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it Kerry! It’s perfect in the cooler weather :)

  • Reply Anne Murphy October 10, 2013, 3:47 pm

    Made this yesterday and it was DELICIOUS! Made my own veggie stock which is super easy and adds so much more flavor than the box stuff. I will definitely be making this again. Add a dollop of sour cream and you’re in heaven.

    • Reply Casey October 12, 2013, 1:17 am

      That’s wonderful Anne! So glad to enjoyed it!

  • Reply DEBRA CLEARWATER February 2, 2014, 6:29 pm

    This is my new favorit. Easy recipe and such a wonderfully flavorful soup. I companioned it with a Mango and avocado salsa and Organic Nacho’s and it was perfect. I am so looking forward trying some of your other recipes.

    • Reply Casey February 3, 2014, 7:58 am

      So glad you like it Debra, it’s my favourite too! The salsa sounds amazing, such a great addition!

  • Reply Karen Green February 27, 2014, 4:51 pm

    This soup is absolutely wonderful. I made it (upping the coconut milk a little and toning down the spice just a hair) and fell in love. In fact, I just made a second batch last night, before the first batch is even gone! It’s the perfect cold weather soup.

    • Reply Casey February 28, 2014, 8:12 am

      I love so much that you love it! It’s my absolute favourite :)

  • Reply Nke July 29, 2014, 7:58 am

    Will be trying this later this evening hopefully!

    Did you mean teaspoons for the spices?

    • Reply Casey July 29, 2014, 8:24 am

      Hi there!

      Tablespoons is correct. It sounds like a lot but it works perfectly and gives the soup so much flavour. Hope you enjoy!

      • Reply lula January 15, 2015, 3:39 pm

        I just made this last night for dinner – it was SO good, my boyfriend loved it too! We ate almost the entire pot of soup! … If I may, I’ll suggest using teaspoons rather than tablespoons for the spices – it was pretty spicy, and although it tasted amazing, if you’re not a huge fan of spice, less is definitely more! Other than that, this one is a crowd pleaser !

  • Reply Martin September 15, 2014, 5:06 pm

    Greetings from Norway!

    Just made this yesterday, it was amazing (especially since its quite cold here)! I even managed to impress my date with some culinary skills! I baked some foccacia with dried tomatoes and olives to have with the soup- really good combination!

    Thank you for the recipe!

    • Reply Casey September 16, 2014, 8:35 am

      Hi Martin! Your comment really made me smile. I love that you enjoyed it and that you cooked it for your date! I love to eat it on a cold day in London as well. The bread you made to have with it sounds amazing!

  • Reply Kelly December 29, 2014, 3:19 am

    We had this for dinner tonight and I think I messed up somewhere. I used whole coriander and hubs got me a japanese hot chili that we cooked whole instead of a chili pepper. It smelled lovely but tasted bland. Do you use ground coriander and a red chili pepper? I’m always looking for lentil recipes

    • Reply Casey December 31, 2014, 10:50 pm

      Hi Kelly,

      I will be the whole corriander that made it bland. You really need to use ground corriander to give it that punchy flavour. I think the Japanese chilli will be fine. Give it another try with the ground coriander and let me know what you think :)

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