Green Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk

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Green Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk

Sometimes there is nothing better on a cold winter day than a warming bowl of simple lentil soup. This version is extremely easy to prepare, but very nourishing when served with buttered basmati rice and perhaps some homemade biscuits.

Green Lentil Soup with Coconut MilkGreen Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk
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Cuisine: Indian
Published on January 28, 2010

A simple, warming and nourishing green lentil soup simmered with coconut milk and seasoned with Indian spices

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 45 to 60 minutes

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  • 2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced or crushed
  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • pinch of ground coriander
  • 4 to 5 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 1/2 cups green or brown lentils, rinsed
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 14 oz (400 mL) can coconut milk
  • Melt the first quantity of butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for 5 to 10 minutes or until softened. Reduce the heat slightly and add the thyme, turmeric, coriander and cayenne. Continue to stir for another 2 or 3 minutes.

  • Pour in the vegetable stock and the rinsed lentils and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until the lentils are tender.

  • Heat the second quantity of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Toss in the cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and pepper, and stir for a few minutes or until the spices are fragrant. Add to the soup, stir, then add the coconut milk. Stir until well combined, and let simmer for another 15 minutes.

  • Serve hot.

Makes 6 servings

More lentil recipes from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
French Lentil Salad with Sweet Corn and Tomato
Red Lentil and Carrot Soup
Potato Leek Soup With Watercress, Green Lentils and Fresh Goat Cheese

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Usha said...

Loved the combination of lentils and coconut milk in this soup, I can imagine it taste, yum !

Rachel Cotterill said...

This sounds like exactly my kind of soup - perfect for a chilly evening :)

Anonymous said...

I love cook books that give lots of instruction and helps me to learn a better method that I can continue to use. This sounds like a great way to prepare lentils...thanks for sharing.
Peace, Stephanie

Miri said...

This is so beautiful ! the coconut milk must be awesome!

Parita said...

I love coconut milk in everything, makes soup so rich!

CurryLeaf said...

Wow, love the comforting combo. Great soup.

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Choclette said...

Yep, that sounds like just the sort of soup I would be savouring with delight - particularly like the mix of spices and coconut milk.

Rujuta said...

Great lentil and coconut milk.... great click

baby cribs said...

I think the coconut milk and the lentils is a nice combination! I am now craving over it!

Indhu said...

coconut milk and lentils - lovely combination... a must try!

test it comm said...

I like the sound of a lentil soup with coconut milk.

Jessica said...

This soup looks amazing! The color begs you to eat some! Thanks for the recipe!

Keith said...

I make soups with coconut milk all the time so I just had to try this one.
It's every bit as delicious as it looks.
The cinnamon, clove and nutmeg are a nice surprise! The butter adds a silky smoothness as well.

talvikki said...

This is my favourite lentil soup so far!

But I wonder wether it's the different veggie stock, but my soup ends up pretty white after adding the ~400 ml coconut milk... (Assuming the picture is related haha.)

myklia said...

Just made this. Soooo super delicious. Thank you so much for posting this.

Unknown said...

This recipe is amazing. My kids went crazy for it and my normally picky daughter wanted seconds! Simple ingredients and easy to make, thanks.