A spicy red lentil soup that is fast and easy.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat, and cook the onion until golden brown. Season with salt and pepper. Mix in tomatoes, spinach, and lentils, and pour in water. Season with basil, cardamom, cumin, cayenne pepper, and curry powder. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender.

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  • Transfer the soup to a blender (or use a hand held blender), and blend until smooth before serving.

Nutrition Facts

241.1 calories; 16.7 g protein; 41 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 267.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (78)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2005
This is an excellent soup: flavorful, colorful and simple. I made very few changes (fresh basil, more water and a tad more of each of the spices). Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/08/2008
A very unappetizing color after it comes out of the blender. Fairly good tasting but I probably won't make it again. Read More
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93 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 46
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2005
This is an excellent soup: flavorful, colorful and simple. I made very few changes (fresh basil, more water and a tad more of each of the spices). Read More
(43)
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2008
Very flexible recipe. I made it the first time as written. I have made it several times now and I have altered it a little. I saute chopped carrot with the onion and use twice as much liquid as recipe calls for. I also use 1/2 broth and 1/2 water, leave out added salt if using canned broth. I puree 1/2 the soup and leave the rest chunky. It's also great with fresh spinach thrown in near the end of cooking. Great flavor from the spices and makes the house smell great when it cooks. Read More
(41)
Rating: 4 stars
01/02/2006
Very tasty. I recommend blending only half of the lentil mixture, because it is much more stew-like than soup-like. Also, I added chopped fresh basil to keep it fresh-tasting, served it with rice, and flavored with tamari rather than salt and pepper. Try adding 1/2 - 1 teaspoons each of tumeric and coriander for more spice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2007
This was a very tasty meal...it wasn't soup...I didn't blend it and it was thick and yummy. Even my 16 year old son liked it. He ate it on toast and I had mine over rice. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/13/2005
This is nice and spicy- a good base recipe to play with as the other reviews mention. I added the juice of half a lemon and fresh spinach just before serving instead of the tomatoes. No need to blend either. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2006
I love this soup. It is not spicy, just flavorful. For the taste and ease of preperation I give it 5 stars. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2005
OOOO! This is Goood! Prepared as directed. Nice and spicy. My husband loves it, the children thought it a little too spicy. I've tried three new recipes this week from allrecipes and this is our favorite. Thanks for the recipe. Good job! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/03/2005
This was a tough one to give 4 stars to. It has plenty of heat, which is fine with me, but my wife couldn't handle it. You might want to cut back on the cayenne pepper to 1/4 teaspoon and think about adding a half can of coconut milk and, perhaps, a diced apple or two. That's how I'll make it next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2011
Excellent and extremely tasty though I had to add a lot more water to get it to a consistency where I didn't find it too thick. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/08/2008
A very unappetizing color after it comes out of the blender. Fairly good tasting but I probably won't make it again. Read More
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