I would be lying if I told you that when the Taster asked, “What’s for dinner tonight?” and “Lentil soup” was the answer, that he was exactly thrilled.  In my constant struggle to not eat as much meat, I had planned this vegetarian dinner and my meat-loving husband-to-be wasn’t exactly feeling “Meatless Monday.”

The warm and creamy flavor, the flavorful spices and good for you lentils make for a very healthy, high in fiber and protein, low-fat soup. The cilantro yogurt adds an extra dose of protein and flavor, definitely not an addition you want to leave out. And while lentil soup may not be for everyone, it turned out to be a perfectly satisfying meal – without any meat.

Turns out we had a leftover truffle burger so the Taster ate that along with the soup, it tastes much more amazing than it looks, and everyone was happy. Tout est bien qui finit bien. (All’s well that ends well)

Curried Lentil Soup with Cilantro Yogurt - 6 servings – adapted from Bon Appétit

  • 2 small yellow onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 carrots, cut on a diagonal
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp hot curry powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 1/2 cups red lentils
  • 8 cups broth (chicken or veggie)
  • 1 head kale, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 cups greek yogurt
  • 1 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander

To Prepare Soup:

Heat olive oil in large pot. Add onions, garlic and carrots, sauteing for about 10 minutes, until onions are translucent.

Add spices and saute for about 2 minutes.

Add lentils and broth. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low for about 30 minutes.

Add kale to soup and season with salt and pepper. Let simmer for another 15-20 minutes.

To Prepare Cilantro Yogurt:

Combine yogurt, cilantro and coriander. Set aside until serving.

16 Comments (Reply )

  1. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Nov 15, 2010 @ 8:13 am

    This soup looks delicious!! Perfect for this cold weather!


  2. Caroline
    Nov 15, 2010 @ 10:34 am

    Yummm this looks great! And I have the same problem… I always try to get my meat loving boyfriends to try to vegetarian dishes, and usually he’s not too happy about it!


    • Emily
      Nov 15, 2010 @ 10:44 am

      Haha! I’m glad I’m not the only one!! :)


  3. Tracey
    Nov 15, 2010 @ 10:47 am

    Yum! Sounds so good except for the cilantro:) For some reason I just can’t stand the taste of cilantro. However, curry and lentils I can eat!


  4. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Nov 15, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

    I love cilantro yogurt! I made it to go with some veggie burgers a while back- it’s the perfect combo!


    • emily
      Nov 15, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

      It was kind of my favorite part…the soup wouldn’t be the same without it!


  5. Mo@MommyRD
    Nov 15, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

    Now this looks like a main dish sort of soup! I think I will make it for the cilantro yogurt alone. ;-)


  6. erica
    Nov 15, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

    This looks so good. I have never made a curry lentil soup before. Will have to try this.


  7. Lauren @ Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful
    Nov 15, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

    I love anything and everything curry so I’m pretty sure I would love this. Great recipe for fall!


  8. sophia
    Nov 16, 2010 @ 4:19 am

    Men. Why do they always want meat? I for one would be thrilled to have this. It looks amazing, esp with the yogurt topping!


    • Emily
      Nov 16, 2010 @ 8:30 am

      I’ll cook for you anytime Sophia! :)


      • David
        Nov 18, 2010 @ 7:41 am

        I think it\s just in us:) I love meat but this also looks good. Must try it.


  9. Dan
    Nov 16, 2010 @ 7:12 am

    Looks awesome! I’ll have to try it but its too bad there wasn’t any leftovers for weekend company?


    • Emily
      Nov 16, 2010 @ 8:31 am

      I know, I forgot! I’m going to bring home some at Thanksgiving! (I’ve got a frozen stockpile!)


  10. Holly
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 10:38 am

    officially starred in my reader. this soup looks PHENOMENAL and is right up my alley :)


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