Posted by on Monday, October 29, 2012 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Gosh, I really love Pinterest. I really want to say I unapologetically love Pinterest but I guess I feel maybe a little ashamed that I’m so into it.

But hey … better to pin Pure Deliciousness rather than eat it, right? At least, calorie-wise??

Awhile back I pinned this gorgeous image of Red Lentil Coconut Soup from a wonderful blog called Scaling Back. I love the soup pot. I love the bowls. I love the lentils scattered about. Wonderful photo, and the soup? Yum.

My photo? A little less awesome in almost every sense. But this wonderful soup, which I adapted for my beloved Crock Pot,  was making the very quick transition from Crock Pot to table to our bellies, with only a second or two in between to actually snap a picture.

This vegetarian soup is so, so good. With lentils, chickpeas, carrots, and coconut milk, it’s hearty without being heavy. My photo is a bit bland compared to my inspiration, but the soup? Oh, it is not. Warm curry spices, a pinch of cayenne for heat, a bit of cooling cilantro sprinkled on the top …

Okay, that settles it. I’m making this soup again for dinner tonight.

4.7 from 3 reviews

Slow Cooker Red Lentil Coconut Soup
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With lentils, chickpeas, carrots, and coconut milk, this amazing vegetarian soup is hearty without being heavy. Warm curry spices, a pinch of cayenne for heat, a bit of cooling cilantro sprinkled on the top … delicious.
Recipe type: Soup
Yield: 6
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced (about 1½ cups diced)
  • ¾ cup diced carrots
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger or ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup dried red lentils, rinsed
  • 2 15.5-ounce cans chickpeas, drained
  • 1 14-ounce can light coconut milk
  • Fresh cilantro and lime wedges for serving
  1. In a medium saute pan over medium-low heat, melt the butter.
  2. Increase heat to medium and add the onion and carrots. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion has softened, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, curry powder, cayenne powder, ginger and salt. Stir and cook for another minute.
  4. Add the tomato paste and pour in about a cup of the vegetable broth. Stir to get all of the bits of good stuff off of the pan, and pour the entire mixture into a 4.5 quart or larger Crock Pot.
  5. Add the remaining vegetable broth, red lentils, chickpeas, and coconut milk to the Crock Pot and stir.
  6. Cook on low for about 8 hours.
  7. Taste and add additional salt if necessary.
  8. Serve with fresh lime wedges for squeezing on top and sprigs of cilantro.
Adapted from Scaling Back Blog