Curry Black Lentil Soup garnished with cilantro
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One-Pot Curry Black Lentil Soup

Quick, easy and flavorful, this One-Pot Curry Black Lentil Soup comes together in just 35 minutes. Gluten-free, oil-free, only 11 ingredients, and so nutritious!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Indian-inspired
Keyword: curry, lentils
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 210kcal
Author: Lori Rasmussen


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 (14 fl oz) can lite coconut milk (For a richer soup sub full-fat coconut milk)
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/4 cup red curry paste
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 1/4 cups black lentils, sorted and rinsed (it's always a good idea to check for tiny pebbles)
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • pinch of salt


  • cilantro
  • lime wedges
  • diced avocado


  • Preheat a soup pot over medium heat. Saute the onion for about 5 minutes or until translucent. Add the garlic, ginger, and carrots, and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. 
  • Add the coconut milk, water, soy sauce, curry paste, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, and lentils, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
  • Stir in the rice vinegar and a pinch of salt. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  • Garnish with cilantro, lime and/or avocado, and enjoy!


Like most soups, this one tastes even better the next day. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 
Nutrition Facts
One-Pot Curry Black Lentil Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 710mg30%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 13g52%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 6750IU135%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 4.9mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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