Curried Lentil Soup

My dear friend Lindsey had a giving birthday party where she cooked dinner for all the friends that made her last year memorable. She made the most amazing menu carefully considering everyone's varied food needs. THIS soup is a forever keeper from that night. I ate the leftovers for days and added a scoop of brown rice to create a hearty breakfast. I LOVE soup for breakfast.


Recipe slightly modified from

Serves 6


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped, divided
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) curry powder
  • 1 cup French green lentils
  • 4 1/4 cups (or more) water, divided
  • 1 15- to 16-ounce can organic chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced 1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges


  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in heavy large pot over medium heat
  • Add onion and carrot; sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • Cook until onion is translucent, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes
  • Add half of chopped garlic; stir until vegetables are soft but not brown, about 4 minutes longer
  • Add 2 tablespoons curry powder; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute
  • Add lentils and 4 cups water
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Increase heat and bring to boil
  • Reduce heat to medium; simmer until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes
  • Meanwhile, puree chickpeas, lemon juice, 1/4 cup water, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, and remaining garlic in processor
  • Add chickpea puree and ghee to lentil soup
  • Season to taste with salt, pepper, and additional curry powder, if desired
  • Add water by 1/4 cupfuls to thin to desired consistency
  • Divide soup among bowls
  • Sprinkle with thinly sliced green onions and serve with lemon wedges