Curried Lentil Soup with Coconut and Cashews


Curried Lentil Soup with Coconut and Cashews, plato

Adapted from Going Veggie by Trudy Slabosz

This dish would go great with rice or naan bread but it makes a good, hearty meal on its own as well. Lentils are a great source of vegetarian protein, fiber and iron. What makes this recipe even better is the fact that it’s a curry dish. The cashews give it a nice texture and the coconut also adds a nice little tweak to the flavor.


  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 pound (450 grams) red lentils
  • 14 ounces (400 grams) tomatoes, roughly diced
  • ½ teaspoon raw or turbinado sugar
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • ¼ cup raw cashew nuts, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut


  1. In a pot, heat the oil and mustard seeds over high heat until the seeds start to pop.
  2. Add the onions and sauté over medium heat until soft.
  3. Turn down the heat a little. Add the cumin, garam masala, turmeric and ginger. Continue to cook over medium-low heat for another minute until fragrant.
  4. Add the red lentils and toss to combine. Add the tomatoes and sprinkle with the sugar. Bring the heat up to medium-high and add a splash of the stock, continuing to toss the tomatoes and lentils with the spice mixture for a minute or so, adding more stock when needed to stop it from sticking.
  5. Add the remaining stock and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook uncovered for about 25 minutes, until the lentils are soft and the soup is a thick stew.
  6. Serve in warm bowls topped with the cashew nuts and shredded coconut.

Comments: The original recipe says it serves four though it really is a lot of food. My parents and I didn’t even finish half and we froze the leftovers. I would say it serves at least eight people. The book also suggests adding golden raisins as a topping however I don’t like raisins so I skipped that part. This recipe has relatively little hands-on time but I do recommend having all the ingredients ready beforehand because you have to work fast.

Curried Lentil Soup with Coconut and Cashews


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