Curried Lentil Vegetable Soup

This curried lentil vegetable soup is packed full of small green lentils, fresh chopped root vegetables, a handful of kale and a sprinkling of curry powder. Plus it’s ready in under an hour!

This curried lentil vegetable soup is packed full of small green lentils, fresh chopped root vegetables, a handful of kale and a sprinkling of curry powder. Plus it's ready in under an hour!

I remember years ago watching an episode of Anne Burrell’s cooking show where she talked for about 10 minutes on how she loved lentils. I was with a group of friends while watching this particular episode and ever since then anytime we see lentils we laugh and say out loud “I craaaaaaave lentils” much like crazy haired Anne.

However, I never really crave lentils. I have had them a few times in the past and they always reminded me of dirt. Super appetizing – I know. I should probably not say that I give you a lentil recipe BUT it gets better.

I promise.

This curried lentil vegetable soup is packed full of small green lentils, fresh chopped root vegetables, a handful of kale and a sprinkling of curry powder. Plus it's ready in under an hour!

After I learned that plain lentils are just not my thing I learned I could love them in other ways. Simply put – soup. Soup is almost always the way to my heart and always the way to get me to love an ingredients I have written off. This soup is totally changed my mind about lentils.

I was walking around Trader Joe’s when I saw a little bag of small green lentils calling my name. Immediately I thought of how good a lentil soup with curry could taste. So I bought the bag and hoped for the best.

The soup turned out wonderfully and it’s 100% vegetarian/vegan. However it could easily be made with meat if you’re looking for more protein. I think the addition of sausage would work well here. The curry flavor is prominent but it doesn’t take over the dish. I love curry but I want to taste my other ingredients as well.

I also threw in a little kale at the end because {even though it’s sooooo 2013} I still love kale.


Curried Lentil Vegetable Soup

This curried lentil vegetable soup is packed full of small green lentils, fresh chopped root vegetables, a handful of kale and a sprinkling of curry powder. Plus it's ready in under an hour!

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 cup small green lentils
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chopped kale


In a small pot add lentils and water. Boil for 15 minutes and drain. Set aside until ready to use.

While the lentils are boiling start the vegetable mixture for your soup.

In a 5 quart pot or dutch oven set over medium high heat add olive oil. Once the oil is hot add in carrot, onion, curry powder, cumin, garam masala, kosher salt and black pepper. Saute until the vegetables are just starting to soften, about 10 minutes.

Add in the garlic and saute just until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Pour in stock, tomatoes (with their juice) and lentils.

Simmer for 30 minutes until the vegetables are soft but not falling apart.

Stir in kale and cook just until it has wilted, about 5 minutes.

33 Responses to “Curried Lentil Vegetable Soup”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — January 12, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Hey, I used kale today too so we can be stuck in 2013 together sistah!
    I lovelovelove lentils and with that curried kick? This is what I want for ALL the lunches and dinners!

  2. #
    Jenny Flake — January 12, 2015 at 8:01 am

    What a beautiful winter soup! Loe these flavors!

  3. #
    Heather | girlichef — January 12, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I don’t care if it’s 2020, I will always love kale! And I really like lentils, maybe not as much as Anne, but close. I would be entirely happy eating a bowl of this beautiful soup for all three meals today. Just sayin’.

  4. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — January 12, 2015 at 8:39 am

    lentils are totally my thing too! I’d love a giant bowl of this.

  5. #
    DessertForTwo — January 12, 2015 at 8:43 am

    haha, I’m the dork that loves lentils! I started eating them for health reasons, but then I had a french preparation with a dijon vinaigrette and fell in LOVE. Love this soup!

  6. #
    Christine Pittman — January 12, 2015 at 8:51 am

    You are speaking my language this morning! This is exactly the kind of healthy comforting meal I need to make and to eat today!!

  7. #
    Meg — January 12, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Though I can’t say I’ve ever craved lentils, either, this soup looks delicious! Very filling and perfect for cold weather. This is definitely the soup time of year!

  8. #
    eat good 4 life — January 12, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Love, love, love lentils. One of my favorite legumes to have in soups. I really like this version!

  9. #
    Stephanie @ Back for Seconds — January 12, 2015 at 10:23 am

    I am craving allthesoup right now. This sounds delish!

  10. #
    heather @french press — January 12, 2015 at 10:40 am

    kale and lentils are two of my faves, and I love using them whenever I can. And soup is perfect winter food

  11. #
    The Food Hunter — January 12, 2015 at 10:57 am

    I love lentils…this is like a big bowl of comfort!

  12. #
    Martha @ A Family Feast — January 12, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Even before I clicked on the link to this post Brandy, I KNEW your photos and recipe would be amazing! This looks fantastic and I love the addition of curry to your lentil soup! Definitely making this one… (And I love kale too)

  13. #
    Cookin Canuck — January 12, 2015 at 11:14 am

    You have done lentils proud in this recipe, Brandy! You can’t go wrong with garam masala and cumin.

  14. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — January 12, 2015 at 11:38 am

    I have a bag of lentils waiting to be used. This looks fantastic!

  15. #
    Alisa @ Go Dairy Free — January 12, 2015 at 11:39 am

    I never crave lentils, either, but wow, did you make this soup look amazing. So enticing! I might just have to pick up those green lentils now, too.

  16. #
    Rose | The Clean Dish — January 12, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Red lentils are my favorite (however, I can’t say I ever crave them ha!) This soup looks terrific! I might make this for dinner tonight; it’s raining cats and dogs in NC and we could use a good soup like this to warm us from the inside.

  17. #
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — January 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    well, thank God for that little bag of small green lentils . . and for this soup!!! This is gorgeous!!

  18. #
    Brenda@sugarfreemom — January 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I’m still in 2013 because I love me some kale as well! You’ve kicked up the lentil soup from boring to fabulous!

  19. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — January 12, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    I only eat lentils in soup so this is my kind of dish!

  20. #
    Ginny McMeans — January 12, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    I want that so bad, so much, right now. Love that you added garam masala too.

  21. #
    Angela {Mind Over Batter} — January 12, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Please. It could be 2065 and I will ate kale sporting my white afro wig. Yeah, that’s gonna happen. Anyway I love lentils in any form and this soup is my jam, girl.

  22. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — January 12, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Would you make fun of me if I said I crave lentils? I do, they are so hearty! So I am absolutely LOVING this soup!

  23. #
    Jennifer Farley — January 12, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    This soup is full of everything I love! How perfect for this chilly weather we’ve been having.

  24. #
    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — January 12, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Lentils are the bomb!! I know so many people who say they taste like dirt but they’re so good if you add in other flavors.

    And hush up about kale being 2013. I’m still loving it, too.

  25. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — January 12, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    I love lentils! Totally making this when I’m back on legumes (gahhhh!) and I’m not even mad that my kids won’t eat it because I’m gonna eat it all.

  26. #
    Lora @cakeduchess — January 13, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Is kale so 2013??I’m still making it all the time;)I saw in a magazine there is this new hybrid of kale (kale and a brussel sprout)and that is the new thing. Yay for kale and yay for this fantastic soup that I would eat for lunch today very happily!!

  27. #
    Kate @ Diethood — January 13, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Craving lentils… crazy Anne. I always wondered if she was Guy Fieri’s sister… The hair gives it away. 😀
    But I do love me some lentils and this soup sounds so good and comforting!

  28. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — January 14, 2015 at 9:43 am

    The texture on your soup leaves me drooling. I happen to love lentilss (cooked and uncooked). They’re just so round and perfect! They’re fun to play with in a big bowl (the uncooked version) while I let them run through my fingers. Too much information? LOL

  29. #
    Joanne — January 15, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Well, I do really love lentils. But I may love curry and soup more, so…..this is THE soup for me!

  30. #
    Katrina — January 17, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    I need to make this. Love lentils and curry and soup! Need kale. This just went on my menu for the week.

  31. #
    Martha Helms — January 21, 2015 at 8:49 am

    What is garam masala?

    • nutmegnanny replied: — January 23rd, 2015 @ 2:30 pm

      Hi Martha! It’s a spice blend found in most stores. It’s very common in Indian cooking. Hope you enjoy the soup and find the spice mix without problem. Thanks!


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