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Turmeric Lentil Soup Recipe. Delicious, easy dinner idea and healthy. Healthy Soup Recipe.

Spicy Turmeric Lentil Soup

If you’re tight on time, this is easy enough for a weeknight dinner and delicious enough that the whole family will rave. With carrots, fragrant cumin and warming turmeric, a crunchy topping sends this one over the top.
Course Soup
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 235kcal


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 stalks celery sliced
  • 2 medium carrots sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 6 ounces split red lentils washed
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Canned or frozen fried onion rings for garnish. Or frozen onion rings cooked according to package instructions.


  • Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add cumin seeds. When seeds begin to pop, add onion and cook until golden.
  • Add garlic, carrots and celery and cook gently 10 minutes. Stir in all spices and cook 1 minute, then add lentils.
  • Pour in stock. Add bay leaf and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Process the soup to a puree. Season with salt and pepper. Gently reheat.
  • Garnish with fried onion rings.


Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 307mg | Potassium: 587mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3455IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 3.1mg