Red Lentil, Carrot, Ginger & Mint Soup

  • Yield : 5 cups
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 20m

Red Lentil, Carrot, Ginger and Mint Soup

Despite the unseasonably warm Autumn weather in Sydney at present I’m still well and truly into cooking soups. This hearty, nutritious and satisfying soup is one that’s on the top of my list.  It’s quick to cook, great for a budget family meal and perfect for the freezer.

Nutrition Note: Red lentils are a delicious and hearty alternative to meat, providing protein and iron.  Include vitamin C rich foods alongside legumes to help maximise the absorption of iron.

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  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 4 small carrots (or 3 large), grated
  • 4 cups salt reduced vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp mint, finely chopped
  • natural or Greek yoghurt to serve (optional) *no longer dairy free with addition of yoghurt


Step 1

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, cumin, ginger and lemon rind and sauté for 2-3 minutes or until the onion has softened. -

Step 2

Add the lentils, carrots and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the lentils are tender. -

Step 3

Stir through the mint and top with a spoonful of yoghurt and/or wholegrain toast to serve. -

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by kat on June 4, 2014

    hi- should I use canned or dried lentils? thanks

    • posted by Jess on June 5, 2014

      Hi Kat, I used dry red lentils. They are quick to cook and delicious in this soup. Enjoy, Jx

  2. posted by DoubleTrouble on October 2, 2014

    I added less stock powder as I’m quite conscious of salt content therefore it was a little bland when I tasted it, but I’m sure my girls won’t mind & my husband & I can always add more seasoning to ours! Lunch for all tomorrow! Thanks for this recipe!

  3. posted by Kathryn on April 30, 2016

    Made this delicious soup for the family this afternoon. It was amazing 🙂 didn’t have any cumin so I upped the ginger & lemon zest slightly. It was amazing. Thank you.

  4. posted by Laura on June 21, 2016

    Another hit recipe. Miss 21 months gobbled it up. The hubbie enjoyed it too, once his portion was blended that is! 🙂


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