Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Creamy Red Lentil Soup

When the weather changes all I want is a big bowl of soup a warm and creamy soup, specifically a hearty lentil soup. I guess every time autumn comes around I have a craving for this soup because I first posted this recipe just over three years ago when I first started The Katamon Kitchen, it actually was the first recipe I ever posted on this blog! 
This recipe is very simple, but I made a few tweaks to the original recipe to make it even more flavorful.
Rich in fiber, iron, and protein, lentils should definitely become a pantry staple in your house and if you don’t have a blender don’t worry this soup is delicious either smooth or chunky. 
The original recipe is topped with lemony tachina, but this time I topped my big bowl of soup with a dollop of rich labne or you can use Greek yogurt for that creamy finish. 

1 Tbs olive oil 
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 inch ginger, peeled and minced
1 inch fresh turmeric root, peeled and minced (use 1/2 tsp dried ground turmeric if you can’t find fresh) 
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 cups dried red lentils 

Labne/Greek yogurt 

Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion and carrot and sauté for 8 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, turmeric, and spices and cook for another 5 minutes. Add lentils and enough water to cover everything by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil then lower the flame and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes until the lentils are tender and just falling apart. Ladle into bowls and top with a dollop of labne and a sprinkling of chopped chives. 

Serves 4 


  1. Sounds amazing! Could I add green lentils as well?

  2. Simple, one pot, and delicious...definitely my kind of meal! I love playing with all the variations of black bean soup out there, so I will for sure be trying this one soon. Thanks!

  3. Thursday Night Soup! Love it. Can’t wait to try some of these too. I am a huge soupaholic.UpdateLand