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I´ve always thought lentils pretty boring, too. Here they´re a staple, grandmother stuff rather than hippy, but still, boring. Now I´m a convert, though, and the red ones, so pretty, make me even happier. The soup looks very zingy, you´re right.

Miz S

You're just showing off about your insane cookbook collection.


A bowl full of sunshine! I do love the zing you've put in this one.
But I love all lentil soups. Dinner last night was lentil stew.


Oh yes, I agree completely! If lentils aren't treated just so, they sure can turn into ancient hippie food. I'd throw in tofu with the things I mentally associate with brown lentil soup, but it's a certain kind of tofu. Soft and watery and insipid and flavorless. I love this soup. I'll have to go through my cookbook collection and see if I kind find some recipes for it too! Thanks Julie :-)


I've been looking for a good lentil soup recipe. This looks intriguingly delicious - much prettier than regular green lentil stew. :)


I'm a lentil lover--and red lentils are my favorite. So, that bowl of soup, so beautifully photographed, is like a siren, calling me. I was thinking about lentil soup last night, so this is a sign that I better make some soon! :)

Patricia Scarpin

I have never had lentil soup - the only way I have tried lentils is cooked like beans and eaten with rice. I'll try this recipe once the winter comes, sweetie - I'm bookmarking it now!


I always forget about the red lentils in my pantry when I make lentil soup (I am one of those people who loves the muddy brown, thick traditional lentil soup). Your bowl definitely does look zingy!


Try red lentils, diced potatoes, and regular head cabbage with chicken broth. Sweet and creamy. I made this soup to use up some vegetables and was surprised by the wonderful result. The potatoes and lentils melt into each other.

Terry B

I'm right there with you on brown rice and leaden loaves, but lentil soup can be hearty [in a good way], lively and... [well, if I said "zingy" I'd say it here]. Here's a flavorful, spicy curried lentil soup that I bet could win you over.


So... just how many cookbooks do you have anyway?


yup lentils. blech...so instead of zingy...how about sassy?


I love lentils when done correctly. This soup looks delicious!


I love lentil soup of all kinds, but this one in particular looks really drool-worthy!


This looks really delicious AND beautiful.


Great colors!

blue plate

i'm a fan of lentil soup, but i do prefer the red variety over the brown kind solely based on the color it produces. my go to recipe uses cumin, too, but i wanna try yours with the lemon juice. i'm sure it will be most tasty.


it is indeed a beautiful bowl of soup!


I hear you on bad lentil soups. I do actually like lentils, but I, too, have been the victim of too many earnestly drab lentil soups. Yours is quite pretty, and it sounds great.


This looks lovely. I've just had a surprising lentil experience- making a lentil-walnut loaf
(if anything ever sounded depressingly virtuous) and it was excellent- who knew? Mudjaddarah got me over my anti-lentil prejudice some time ago, but I still remember a friend describing lentil soup as "tasting like dirt". No doubt there are some that do, but yours looks a beauty.


man i love lentil soup. send some this way!


I'm pretty fond of lentil soups in general, but they do need kind of a kick in the pants to get them going (there's a great Spanish/Portuguese one that I make with chorizo sausage and spinach, and another good Mid-Eastern one with garlic and mint). This one sounds just perfect for this time of year -- not too heavy, but nicely substantial, and zesty enough to put spring in your step.


I'm with you on the lentils. But this soup sounds so good with the lemon and whatnot. I'm gonna give it a go.!


Lobstersquad, I’m working on a conversion. I’m definitely converted as far as red lentil soup.

Miz S, insane!? OK, maybe a little.

Tanna, right now I’m working on loving more lentil soups. I’m not sure I’ll be able to work my way up to all lentil soups though. :)

Ann, ancient hippy food, heh! You’re so right about tofu keeping company with the bad 70s food. I’d forgotten about tofu but I’ve never really warmed up to tofu and I think it’s because I’ve had bad experiences with it from that era.

Adele, it really was a pretty soup. I’m always drawn to color but especially at this time of year.

Sher, how come your siren call is lentil soups and mine always seems to be chocolate?

Patricia, I have never tried lentils cooked like beans and eaten with rice but it seems to be a classic. One of these days…

Lydia, there’s a lot of you brown lentil soup lovers out there! Maybe one day I’ll come around.

Zora, that sounds completely, completely delicious!

Terry B, that’s the soup that might convert me. It looks wonderful.

Fairfax, too many!

Nicola, sassy! Good word.

Meg, perhaps my issues with brown lentil soup all go back to having not had it done correctly. Certainly lots of other people love brown lentil soup.

Ann, thanks! It is pretty, isn’t it?

Lore, I think those colors are part of what draws me to it.

Blueplate, I think the lemon added a great lively note to this soup.

Superluckykitchen, thanks!

Meg, drab! Perfect description. Although clearly there are non-drab brown lentil soups out there and I am on the hunt for them now.

Lindy, I have had mudjaddarah on my too-try list for forever, mostly based on your enthusiasm for it.

Emma, I would if I could!

Julie, those both sound excellent. I’m hoping that the recipes are in your archives.

Anne, it’s a pretty fast easy soup and I think that’s a good thing for you right now. :)

White On Rice Couple

I saw this book at the bookstore the other day! Thanks for posting this recipe and I will definitely try this soup! Thanks for the reminder on this book too and maybe I'll have to go back and get it!

Susan from Food Blogga

I haven't made red lentil soup since I posted on it last fall. Thanks for the comforting and delicious reminder. I'll be making one next week.


I am not a big lentil fan, but I bought a bag in hopes of making lentil soup. Your post and the beautiful pic of soup has inspired me to give it a try and I am going to use your recipe! Thanks


LOVE lentils and your blog!! I'll definitely be trying some of your recipes and keep you posted on what I think!

claudia (cook eat FRET)

very cool photo - love it
and this soup sounds really wonderful. i've not done a red lentil soup for awhile. this recipe is a total keeper.

Jessica Levine

This recipe sounds really interesting. I've come up with a similar recipe that incorporates a bit more spice on my blog Hartley Confections. Check out the recipe here:


nithya at hungrydesi

I just made red lentil soup last night...so simple but tasty!


Lentils CAN be so dreary in soup. I've always much preferred a good Indian dal, and this looks like a brothy version of that. Will have to give it a go!

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thanks for the recipe! looks delicious! I read an article that said that the lemon juice increased gastrointestinal problems that is true? not like to see me hit me in the future!!

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I absolutely love red lentil soup, I will be sure to try that one out.


Another lovely blog. I love your photos and recipes - it's so inspiring.

Wilton Winrow

Ow, thank God I found this recipe! I've been searching for soup recipes so I can include it in my meal plan for this coming week. I avoid eating much solid foods because my dentist in Miami, FL extracted my tooth. Maybe on 1st week of April my mouth is totally healed.

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