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Red Lentil Curry Soup

Red Lentil Curry Soup

I’m a huge fan of curry! Anytime I get a chance I’ll order whatever is curried off of a menu or I’ll throw a little in most of my dishes.

I would eat curry chicken, curry potatoes, curry oxtails. If there was a way to curry candy, I’d probably give it a go. Yes, I’m that crazy about it!

The Gift of Red Lentil Curry Soup

This past Christmas my sister sent me a pressure cooker and I’ve never used one before so I had no idea how to use it or what the first thing I wanted to cook in it.

I had some lentils I bought a while ago that were just sitting in my cabinet and of course I had some curry on hand, so I made a vegan and dairy free red lentil curry soup.

Few dishes can rival the appeal of red lentil curry soup. This soul-soothing concoction combines the rich flavors of curry spices with the wholesome goodness of red lentils, creating a symphony of taste and texture that’s as satisfying as it is nutritious. 

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A Hearty Tradition

Red lentil curry soup, also known as “dal” in Indian cuisine, has a history dating back centuries. Lentils have been a staple in the diets of many cultures for their affordability, high protein content, and versatility. This particular soup, however, stands out for its aromatic blend of spices and its ability to transcend borders, making it a beloved comfort food worldwide.

A Flavorful Fusion

The magic of red lentil curry soup lies in its ability to strike a balance between bold, aromatic spices and the earthy, nutty flavor of red lentils. Here are some elements that make it a favorite:

  1. Curry Spices: The generous use of curry spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, and garam masala imparts depth and complexity to the soup.
  2. Creaminess: Red lentils break down during cooking, creating a naturally creamy texture that’s both comforting and satisfying.
  3. Vibrant Color: The bright orange hue of the soup, thanks to the lentils and spices, is visually inviting and appetizing.
  4. Protein Power: Red lentils are an excellent source of plant-based protein, making this soup a nutritious choice for vegetarians and vegans.
  5. Customizable: Red lentil curry soup is highly adaptable. You can make it as mild or as spicy as you like, and it’s fantastic with a variety of toppings, from yogurt to fresh herbs.

A Wholesome Delight

Beyond its delightful flavor, red lentil curry soup boasts several health benefits. It’s packed with dietary fiber, essential vitamins, and minerals, making it a nutritious option for those seeking a balanced diet. 

Red lentil curry soup is more than just a meal; it’s a comforting embrace on a chilly day, a taste of tradition, and a nutritious choice for those looking to nourish both body and soul.

Whether you’re making it from scratch at home or savoring a bowl at your favorite restaurant, this soup’s warm and aromatic profile is sure to leave a lasting impression. So, spoon by spoon, allow yourself to experience the heartwarming allure of red lentil curry soup, and savor the flavors that have been cherished for generations.

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The flavors are so mouthwatering, the pressure cooker made it even easier to make, and the cayenne gives this recipe just a little kick.

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Now that I have a pressure cooker, I’m sure there will be a lot more recipes using it. Also, since I stay stocked up on curry I’ll be bringing you more curry recipes as well.

I’m so excited to share them with you all! Enjoy!

Red Lentil Curry Soup


  • 4 Cloves of Garlic Chopped
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Onions
  • ½ Lb. Red Lentil Cleaned
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Tbsp. Curry Powder
  • 4 Tbsp. Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Tsp. Seasoned Salt
  • ¼ Tsp. Cayenne Pepper


  1. Set the pressure cooker to sauté and add the garlic and onions. Allow to cook for 3 minutes. Add in the red lentils. Slowly pour in the water and stir. Add the curry powder, tomato sauce, salt, and cayenne pepper.
  2. Using the manual setting, on high heat, allow the lentils to cook for 10 minutes. Release the pressure or allow it to come out on its own. Serve the red lentil curry while warm.

Red Lentil Curry - The Kreative Life

Red Lentil Curry - The Kreative Life

Red Lentil Curry - The Kreative Life

Red Lentil Curry - The Kreative Life

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  1. Believe it or not I have never tried anything that I know of that was curry flavored. Your dish looks amazing and like an awesome comfort food for a cold day.

  2. I got a pressure cooker during the holidays too, and I’ve been trying to collect recipes to use with it. This one looks delicious and healthy. I’d love to give this one a try.

    1. Hi, Elle! It’s very easy to prepare!

  3. I’m sure that taste as delicious as they look!My boys would both probably DIG this!

    1. It really is good! My boys love it too!

  4. this looks so delightful and tasty. this will be a huge hit! and disappear in no time at our house!

  5. Lentils is one of my favorite soups. I can’t wait to try it with curry.

    1. Hi, Mary! It tastes really great with curry!

  6. Yum yum I bet this tasted as good as it looks?! I am definitely going to have to try it to find out for myself!

  7. It looks and sounds great. I’ve never had lentil soup before, this looks like it would help my cold…maybe clear my sinuses.

    1. Hi, Heather! If you add more cayenne it more than likely will clear up your sinuses.

  8. I could eat Thai red or green curry all the time. I’ve made it at home a few times, but I’ve never tried the Indian curry version. I’m curious to give this a try because I really like the way lentils absorb the rich flavors of seasonings.

    1. Yes! Lentils absorbs flavors so well!

    1. Thank you, Wendy! You should give it a try!

  9. Thanks for this nice recipe. love it. Looks delicious!

    1. Thank you so much, Ron! I hope that you get a chance to try it!