Indian Lentil Soup

READY IN: 1hr 40mins
Recipe by rickoholic83

This soup takes a couple hours to make but is well worth it and freezes beautifully! I received this recipe from a colleague but I believe the original source is Madhur Jaffrey.

Top Review by mersaydees

I admit skepticism as I embarked on the actual cooking of this recipe. The first 2 or 3 steps had me wondering just what was I going to end up with? Something to put in my tub to enjoy a nice spa mud bath? I was a little apprehensive, to say the least! I kept going, curious about the end result. I so appreciate that the instructions are so well written! The end result made me feel like I'd finally arrived to someplace I'd never been! Very spa like! :) Unlike the previous two reviewers who thought this too spicy, I liked the spice just fine, and could go a bit heavier on them. I used my new Magic Bullet to puree the ginger and garlic; it did a fabulous job. I boiled my chicken breasts in the lentils, it seemed efficient. I served it with a dollop of plain yogurt. Thanks, Rickoholic83! Made for Cookbook Tag.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine the lentils, 2 boxes of chicken stock and turmeric in a heavy pot and bring to a boil. Cover, leaving the lid slightly ajar, turn heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. While soup simmers, peel potatoes and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. When soup has cooked for 30 minutes, add cut potato. Cover, leaving the lid slightly ajar again, and continue simmering for another 30 minutes.
  3. During the second simmering period, put the garlic and ginger into an electric blender. Add 4 1/2 T water and blend until you have a smooth paste. (I used a food processor for this step. You don't need it to be a paste but it should be finely chopped.).
  4. Once the soup base has finished cooking it needs to be pureed. Blender 3 batches. (I left one batch unblended to give the soup more texture.) Put pureed soup in a large bowl and set aside. Rinse and wipe out your soup pot.
  5. Place cooked and cubed chicken in a separate bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to mix. Next, pour oil into soup pot and set over medium heat. When oil is hot, put in the garlic/ginger paste, cumin, coriander and cayenne. Fry, stirring continuously, until the spice mixture is slightly browned and separates from the oil. Put in chicken pieces and fry for 1-2 minutes. Add 14 1/2 oz. chicken stock and bring to boil. Cover and turn heat to low; simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Pour in pureed soup and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer and serve.

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