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Red Lentil Soup with Turmeric

As a rule, turmeric works well with in Indian recipes. Here is a simple recipe for red lentil soup flavored with turmeric. Put a different spin on this soup by adding a cup of chopped fresh vegetables, a few handfuls of leafy greens such as spinach, or a cup of a cooked grain like rice or quinoa.


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

  • 1 small yellow onion, minced

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 cup red lentils

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 lime, cut into quarters

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt


In a soup pot, heat the coconut oil on medium heat and add the onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the ginger, garlic, coriander, turmeric, lentils, and salt, and cook for one minute more.

Add 5 cups water and bring to the boil. Decrease the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the lentils have cooked into a puree, about 20 minutes. Taste and add more salt if needed.

Top each serving with the juice of 1/4 lime and a dollop of yogurt.

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