Turmeric Ginger Red Lentil Soup Recipe

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Ready in only 30 minutes, this turmeric ginger red lentil soup is everyone’s favorite. This is a healthy and hearty soup recipe that’s full of flavor!

This is the only red lentil soup recipe you ever need! Creamy lentil soup with turmeric and ginger is full of flavors and very comforting. It's a quick and easy soup that everyone loves! 


 

My readers probably know by now that I’m a big fan of easy soup recipes, especially ones that are made with lentils. Give me a bowl of Mediterranean green lentil soup, instant pot lentil soup, Moroccan red lentil soup or Turkish red lentil soup and I’m happy! This red lentil soup recipe is another staple in our home. It’s full of aromatic and tasty spices!

About this recipe

Nothing beats a delicious creamy lentil soup when you’re craving comfort food. It’s easy and can be ready in only 30 minutes.

This recipe is all about spices and flavors. The combination of garlic, ginger and spices add a lot of flavor to the soup. Red lentils don’t have much flavor on their own, but they have an amazing creamy texture once cooked that nicely complements the warm flavors.

close up shot red lentil soup topped with red pepper.

Ingredients 

Olive oil: I love using extra virgin olive oil for cooking. The fruitiness and earthiness of a good quality olive oil enhances the flavor of simple ingredients. 

Onion, garlic and ginger: Every delicious dish starts with sauteing onion and garlic in some olive oil. Don’t be shy when it comes to using garlic: the more the merrier! As for ginger, you can use freshly grated ginger or ginger powder. 

Pro tip: Keep some ginger in the freezer and simply grate it when you need it for a recipe. 

Red lentils: Red lentils come with many benefits. They lower cholesterol and help with digestion. You can find red lentils at almost any supermarket. They are small, and when cooked, they fall apart and become very creamy. Not only they’re great for soup, but you can also make other dishes such as vegan lentil meatballs using red lentils. 

Spices: Cumin, turmeric, paprika and salt are the spices used in this recipe. If you like spicy soups, you can add a bit of cayenne pepper. 

To make spicy red lentil soup you need red lentils, onion, garlic, spices and olive oil.

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Sauté onion, garlic and ginger until the onion is translucent and golden. 
  • Add cumin, turmeric, and paprika and salt to the ingredients you just sautéed. Stir to combine so the spices start releasing their aromas. Next, add in the red lentils and stir for one minute.
sauté onion and garlic and then add the spices and red lentil.
  • Add in the water or vegetable stock and bring the soup to a simmer. Cover and cook for about 25 to 30 minutes until the lentils are creamy and fully cooked.
  • Right before serving this red lentil soup, add a squeeze of lemon juice and give it a nice stir. Lemon juice gives this soup some brightness and fresh flavor. 
Stir well and add water then bring it to simmer and cook.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to blend this soup?

I didn’t blend this turmeric ginger lentil soup after cooking but you can of course blend it with an immersion blender (or, for that matter, in a standard blender) if you want an even smoother soup.

What is the difference between red lentils and green lentils?

Red lentils turn yellow when they’re cooked and they get very very soft whereas green lentils hold their shape and stay green/light brown once they’re cooked.

How long does red lentil soup keep?

You can make a big batch of this soup and refrigerate it in an airtight container for up to 4 days. To reheat, transfer the soup to a sauce pan, add 1/3 cup water and simmer over medium low heat, stirring occasionally. 

How can I freeze this soup?

Store the soup in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, simply transfer the frozen soup to a sauce pan or a pot and add 1/2 to 1 cup water. Simmer over medium low until the soup is completely heated through. 

How to make this soup in instant pot

It’s very easy to make red lentil soup in instant pot:

  • Press the sauté function and sauté onion, garlic and ginger until translucent.
  • Add in spices and stir well to combine.
  • Stir in lentils and add 4-5 cups of water to the pot.
  • Lock the lid and press pressure cook and set the valve to seal and set the timer for 10 minutes.
  • Once the cooking time ends, turn the valve to venting and do a quick release and serve.
This turmeric red lentil soup is topped with paprika and parsley.

Notes and tips

  • A small amount of turmeric goes a long way so you want to make sure you don’t overuse it – otherwise the dish will be overpowering.
  • For a creamier texture, blend the soup in a blender on high for 3 minutes.
  • If fresh ginger is not available, you can use 1 teaspoon ginger powder.
  • If you like this red lentil soup to be spicy, add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper to the soup at the end.
  • Red lentils absorb a lot of water; if the soups starts to be very thick, add in half a cup of water at a time.
  • You can also make this delicious red lentil soup with vegetable broth.

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4.65 from 74 votes

Turmeric Red Lentil Soup Recipe

Ready in only 30 minutes, this turmeric ginger red lentil soup is everyone's favorite. This is a healthy and hearty soup recipe that's full of flavor!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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Ingredients 

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Onions, Diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 tsp Ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 2 cup Red Lentils
  • 6-7 cups Water, or broth
  • 2 tsp Salt

Instructions 

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. 
  • Saute onion until translucent. Add in garlic and ginger and give it a nice stir. 
  • Add in turmeric , cumin and paprika. Saute for two minutes until the spices release their aromas. 
  • Add in red lentils, stir for a minute.
  • Add in the water and turn the heat up so the soup starts simmering. Lower the heat, cover and cook for 25 to 30 minutes until the lentils are fully cooked. Add in salt to taste. 
  • Serve warm. 

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Notes

  • A small amount of turmeric goes a long way so you want to make sure you don’t overuse it – otherwise the dish will be overpowering.
  • For a creamier texture, blend the soup in a blender on high for 3 minutes.
  • If fresh ginger is not available, you can use 1 teaspoon ginger powder.
  • If you like this red lentil soup to be spicy, add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper to the soup at the end.
  • Red lentils absorb a lot of water; if the soups starts to be very thick, add in half a cup of water at a time.
  • You can also make this delicious red lentil soup with vegetable broth.
  • Red lentils absorb a lot of water, if the soup is too thick, add another half a cup of water. 

Nutrition

Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 1190mg | Potassium: 996mg | Fiber: 29g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 289IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. El resultado fue magnífico. Agradezco a Unicorns in the kitchen esta deliciosa receta. Seguiré cocinando con ustedes.
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