Simple Red Lentil and Turmeric Soup

Simple red lentil and turmeric soup.

What?! Two posts in 2 days? I’ll admit, I’m a bit random when it comes to posting. I’m not someone who follows a schedule. I’m all about following the flow lately, and yesterday I felt energized to sit in front of the computer and pound out some recipes, so you all lucked out and got 2 awesome recipes in 2 days. I honestly find this rhythm works best for me, as the recipes come to you with this great positive energy, as I’m writing them with joy in my heart.

This red lentil and turmeric soup tastes and feels like a warm hug. I’m serious, every time I have a bowl, I feel nourished from the inside out. Maybe it’s the turmeric and coconut milk, I’m not sure, but it definitely feels good going down, and I feel peaceful, comforted and uplifted after.

I’ve been trying to incorporate more lentils into my diet, as I’ve learned that they’re a great food for women who are going through perimenopause and menopause. Lentils are the third highest in protein of any plant food, they stabilize blood sugar, they’re high in iron, a great source of B vitamins, and they’re high in soluble fiber, so they help lower cholesterol and aid in digestion. I’m all about eating foods that help my digestion, so bring on the lentils.

This soup is soothing, creamy and chock full of nutrients and anti-inflammatory properties. I’m going to put it out there, this is a great base recipe, meaning please add what you want to flavor it to your liking. I’m learning that everyone in my family likes different flavors, some like things more spicy, salty, or with a bit more acidity, so when I develop a soup recipe, I make a base and then let people season their individual bowl to taste.

Red lentil and turmeric soup.

Simple Red Lentil and Turmeric Soup

serves 4-6

Note: This is a great base recipe, meaning please add what you want to flavor it to your liking. I’m learning that everyone likes different flavors, some like it more spicy, salty or with a bit more acidity, so with soups, I make a base and then let people season their bowl to taste.

  • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil –I love Dr. Bronner’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil 
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground tumeric
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups red lentils, well rinsed using a fine mesh strainer, drained – you can find red lentils in the bulk bin of most grocery stores
  • 6 cups filtered water, plus more to thin out soup as needed
  • 2 to 2 1/2 teaspoons coarse Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, (roughly 1-2 lemons) plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened canned coconut milk – I love Native Forest Simple, as it has no guar or gums and comes in BPA free cans – make sure to shake the can, and get the one where you can hear the milk swishing around, as it will be easier to work with.
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • Roughly 4 cups baby spinach leaves, plus more as needed

Make sure to rinse the lentils well using a fine mesh strainer until the water runs clear. Lentils have a tendency to be dirty, so you will see a lot of murky water until they are fully rinsed.

Rinsing red lentils with a fine mesh strainer.

Melt coconut oil in large dutch oven set over medium heat. Add in the diced onions plus 1 teaspoon sea salt and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes, until onions are soft and golden.

Stir in the garlic and turmeric and sauté for 2 minutes longer. Make sure to use a wooden spoon, or spatula to scrape the turmeric off the bottom of the pan as it has a tendency to stick. I literally stand over the pan and scrape and stir the onions, garlic and turmeric. 

Add lentils and water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover pot, reduce heat to low/simmer, and simmer for 30 minutes, or until lentils are cooked and becoming creamy; making sure to stir pot every 10 minutes or so to make sure lentils aren’t sticking to the bottom of the pan. Don’t be weirded out when you open the lid after the first 10 minutes and the soup is yellow, foamy and the lentils are puffy, this is normal, just give the soup a big stir and it will settle down. Don’t skim the foam off, as you may loose some of the turmeric. I’m showing you an ugly photo of what it may look like, so you don’t get freaked out, and know this is normal. 

Red lentil soup foaming.

Remove lid, give lentils a stir, add in 1 teaspoon salt, lemon juice, coconut milk . Give soup another stir, cover again and cook for 5 minutes longer, or until lentils have completely dissolved and soup is creamy.

Finished red lentil and turmeric soup.

Stir in pepper, and give soup a taste. Add more salt, coconut milk and pepper to taste. This is a base recipe, so please adjust to your liking and preferences. I always add more coconut milk, salt and pepper to each individual bowl, so people can tweak their bowls to their own individual taste.

To serve, put a large handful of spinach into each bowl, and ladle the warm soup over the spinach and stir to combine.

Ladling the turmeric soup over the spinach.

The spinach will wilt down from the warm soup.

Simple red lentil and turmeric soup in a bowl with wilted spinach.

Top each bowl with splash of coconut milk, pepper and a pinch of salt if needed. Steve loves to put shredded chicken into his bowl of soup.

Simple red lentil and turmeric soup.

Storage and leftovers: Store soup in a sealed container in the fridge. The soup will thicken a lot, and will look like one big clump. Don’t worry, you can get it back to so a soup consistency when you reheat it. Just plop a big spoonful of the soup into a pan set over medium-low heat, add filtered water to thin the soup out to your liking, as well as a splash of coconut milk, then add in a handful of spinach. Stir to incorporate the spinach and warm up the soup to your liking. I always add more salt and pepper to my soup, as well as another splash of coconut milk when I pour it into a bowl. YUM!

Here’s a simple and natural, two-ingredient recipe to help you combat the upcoming cold and flu season, as well as to help relieve your aching muscles and joints, and basically just give your immune system a slight boost! It’s called golden honey, and it’s basically raw honey that’s infused with ground turmeric. It’s super easy to whip up and super good for you to boot! Turmeric infused honey. 

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Turmeric tahini dressing.

If you’re into soups, here’s one of my other favorite vegan winter soups, vegan butternut squash soup.

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This cauliflower soup is an easy & simple weeknight winter soup that’s not only kid approved, but vegan and dairy-free, if you omit the parmesan cheese.  This soup only requires 4 simple ingredients; a head of cauliflower, yellow onion, garlic, chicken or veggie stock.

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This beet, ginger and coconut soup tastes like beets, but the ginger, coconut oil and coconut milk help to soften the earthy flavor of the beets and gives them a subtle sweetness. The pureed texture of the soup is creamy, light and soft!

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With love Jackie

Simple Red Lentil and Turmeric Soup

5.0 from 3 votes
Recipe by Jackie
Servings

4-6

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cook time

40

minutes

    Note: This is a great base recipe, meaning please add what you want to flavor it to your liking. I'm learning that everyone likes different flavors, some like it more spicy, salty or with a bit more acidity, so with soups, I make a base and then let people season their bowl to taste.

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil –I love Dr. Bronner’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil 

    • 1 cup diced yellow onion

    • 1 teaspoon ground tumeric

    • 5 garlic cloves, minced

    • 2 cups red lentils, well rinsed using a fine mesh strainer, drained – you can find red lentils in the bulk bin of most grocery stores

    • 6 cups filtered water, plus more to thin out soup as needed

    • 2 to 2 1/2 teaspoons coarse Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste

    • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, (roughly 1-2 lemons) plus more to taste

    • 1/2 cup unsweetened canned coconut milk – I love Native Forest Simple, as it has no guar or gums and comes in BPA free cans – make sure to shake the can, and get the one where you can hear the milk swishing around, as it will be easier to work with.

    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste

    • Roughly 4 cups baby spinach leaves, plus more as needed

    Directions

    • Make sure to rinse the lentils well using a fine mesh strainer until the water runs clear. Lentils have a tendency to be dirty, so you will see a lot of murky water until they are fully rinsed.

    • Melt coconut oil in large dutch oven set over medium heat. Add in the diced onions plus 1 teaspoon sea salt and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes, until onions are soft and golden.

    • Stir in the garlic and turmeric and sauté for 2 minutes longer. Make sure to use a wooden spoon, or spatula to scrape the turmeric off the bottom of the pan as it has a tendency to stick. I literally stand over the pan and scrape and stir the onions, garlic and turmeric. 

    • Add lentils and water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover pot, reduce heat to low/simmer, and simmer for 30 minutes, or until lentils are cooked and becoming creamy; making sure to stir pot every 10 minutes or so to make sure lentils aren't sticking to the bottom of the pan. Don't be weirded out when you open the lid after the first 10 minutes and the soup is yellow, foamy and the lentils are puffy, this is normal, just give the soup a big stir and it will settle down. Don't skim the foam off, as you may loose some of the turmeric. I show an ugly photo of what it may look like in the above post, so you don't get freaked out, and know this is normal. 

    • Remove lid, give lentils a stir, add in 1 teaspoon salt, lemon juice, coconut milk . Give soup another stir, cover again and cook for 5 minutes longer, or until lentils have completely dissolved and soup is creamy.

    • Stir in pepper, and give soup a taste. Add more salt, coconut milk and pepper to taste. This is a base recipe, so please adjust to your liking and preferences. I always add more coconut milk, salt and pepper to each individual bowl, so people can tweak their bowls to their own individual taste.

    • To serve, put a large handful of spinach into each bowl, and ladle the warm soup over the spinach and stir to combine. The spinach will wilt down from the warm soup. Top each bowl with splash of coconut milk, pepper and a pinch of salt if needed. Steve loves to put shredded chicken into his bowl of soup.

    • Storage and leftovers: Store soup in a sealed container in the fridge. The soup will thicken a lot, and will look like one big clump. Don't worry, you can get it back to so a soup consistency when you reheat it. Just plop a big spoonful of the soup into a pan set over medium-low heat, add filtered water to thin the soup out to your liking, as well as a splash of coconut milk, then add in a handful of spinach. Stir to incorporate the spinach and warm the soup up to your liking. I always add more salt and pepper to my soup, as well as another splash of coconut milk when I pour it into a bowl. YUM!

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      7 thoughts on “Simple Red Lentil and Turmeric Soup”

      1. I finally had a chance to make this I wasn’t sure about making a whole batch so I cut recipe in half. And now I wish I hadn’t because it’s so good and easy! The lemon really brightens it and adding splash extra coconut really works. Adding tofu for leftovers for dinner tonight. Thanks Jackie!

        1. Hi Marti! Yay! I’m so happy you made and love this soup. I’ve made it weekly for the past few months, as it’s been raining non-stop so a warm soup is needed. Super happy it’s another winning recipe with you! Best, Jackie

      2. First time making this and it was so easy and full of flavor. Used homemade chicken bone broth instead of water. So flavorful. Will definitely make again. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

        1. Hi Gay, yay! I’m so happy to hear that you made and love the soup. Great tip on the homemade chicken bone broth, I’m sure that jam packs it with flavor. I think I will try that next time. Thanks again for taking the time to comment, as it helps future readers to see tips and comments! Best, Jackie

      3. I made this soup when you last featured it and this soup has become my favourite. Easy to make and I love the flavour. Now will try some of these others to see if I like them as much. Thanks for such a great recipe.

        1. Hi Carolyn, Yay! So happy to hear this is one of your faves. We love it too. I’ve got lots of other soup recipes coming up this fall, so stay tuned! xoxo, Jackie

      4. This soup is a keeper!! So nourishing, yummy and tasty! It has a different consistency than your traditional lentil soup. This is so much more creamy. I like lentils, but don’t love them. However, I LOVE this soup. During the colder months, I’m making this soup every other week!

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