Red Lentil Curry Soup (The Best Easy 30 Minute Dinner)

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Vegan red lentil coconut curry soup is the best healthy, lazy, and simple weeknight dinner! This easy stew can be cooked on the stove or in the slow cooker.

Red Lentil Curry Soup

This is one of those meals that 1) tastes way better than it looks (promise!) and 2) feels more decadent than it is. It’s filled with tons of fresh, hearty, warming flavors, but it’s actually good for you.

This is also a wonderful meal when you’re trying to make something for a group of people with varying dietary restrictions. It’s vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, gluten free, and could be made oil-free if you have a large nonstick pot.

Plus, it’s made with affordable ingredients, so it’s perfect for feeding a crowd on a budget!

Red lentil curry soup on a bed of rice.

How to Make Red Lentil Curry Soup in the Slow Cooker

To cook this recipe in the slow cooker, spray a 5 qt or large crockpot with cooking spray. Add the rinsed lentils, then the sweet potato, then the remaining ingredients. Cover with the lid and cook everything on high for 3 to 4 hours, or on low for 6 to 7 hours (or until the lentils and sweet potato are cooked through).

I prefer lentils cooked on the slow setting, but either option will turn out well.

Optional Add-Ins

This hearty vegan and gluten free meal is delicious as-is! If you want to add in more fresh and healthy ingredients, these are the ones I’d recommend that would pair well:

  • Butternut Squash
  • Quinoa
  • Kale
  • Baby Spinach
  • Tomato
  • Zucchini
  • Cumin
  • Plant-Based Yogurt (for topping)
Red lentil curry soup with green onions as garnish.

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What You’ll Need

This easy recipe only needs a couple of tools and a few ingredients to turn out perfectly.

The ingredients you’ll need are coconut milk (I love and recommend this brand), red lentils, and vegetable broth or vegetable bouillon (I prefer to keep vegetable bouillon on hand and adore this brand).

For tools you’ll need a good sharp knife (this is an affordable high quality knife perfect for chopping vegetables).

You’ll also need either a large nonstick lidded pot (this one is super versatile) or you’ll need to have a large (5 qt+) slow cooker (this one is a great value and has a convenient Cook ‘N Carry feature).

Yield: 8 servings

Red Lentil Curry Soup (The Best Easy 30 Minute Dinner)

Red lentil curry soup on a bed of rice.

Vegan red lentil coconut curry soup is the best healthy, lazy, and simple weeknight dinner! This easy stew can be cooked on the stove or in the slow cooker.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat a large non-stick lidded pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the coconut oil to the heated pot, and then add the chopped onions and 1/4 teaspoon of the fine sea salt. Saute for 4-5 minutes, or until the onion is translucent and tender.
  3. Add in the carrots and saute for 3 minutes, or until just starting to brown on the edges.
  4. Add in the garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minutes.
  5. Add in the red pepper flakes, curry powder, and turmeric powder. Stir to mix. Saute for 1-2 minutes while stirring to cook off the raw spice flavor.
  6. Add in the sweet potatoes, coconut milk, vegetable broth, and red lentils. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until lentils are cooked and sweet potatoes are fork tender.
  7. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. Serve over rice or enjoy as a thick and hearty stew on its own.

Notes

You could use russet potatoes or yellow potatoes in place of the sweet potatoes if that’s what you hand. Since the sweetness from the sweet potatoes calms down the spice from the red pepper flakes, you may want to also add some sugar or maple syrup to taste.

I like this recipe thick enough to be a hearty soup or to serve over rice. If you want it to be thinner and more like a traditional soup, you can thin it out with additional vegetable broth.

To cook this recipe in the slow cooker follow these cooking instructions: Spray a 5 qt or large crockpot with cooking spray. Add the rinsed lentils, then the sweet potato, then the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, or on low for 6 to 7 hours (or until the lentils and sweet potato are cooked through).

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1/8

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268Total Fat: 9.7gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 524.9mgCarbohydrates: 37gNet Carbohydrates: 30.8gFiber: 6.2gSugar: 6.8gProtein: 8.5g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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Two images of red lentil curry soup.

Try making this super easy red lentil curry soup for the best healthy 30 minute meatless Monday dinner!

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