Vegan Lentil Dal Soup With Spinach

January 19, 2023
I used to like stopping in to Whole Foods for a few speciality items that I couldn’t find elsewhere, and to grab something quick to eat from the buffet. One of my favorite, go-to vegan options from there is the red lentil dal soup with spinach. With the temperatures dropping below freezing at night, I have been craving this warming soup like no other. I moved away from the city and I no longer have a Whole Foods located conveniently enough for me to just drop in, so I looked up the ingredients of their soup and made a pot for myself.

Lentil dal is delicious as is, but turning it into a soup just gives it an even more comforting feel. The original soup calls for red lentils, but I just used the brown lentils that I had on hand and it worked out just fine. I served this alongside a garden salad for a light but satisfying lunch that left me with no cravings. This would also go well with some sort of bread to soak it up.
yellow-colored lentil dal soup in a white bowl against a black background.

Vegan Lentil Dal Soup With Spinach

Recipe Type: Soups and Stews
utensils YIELDS 2 servings
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  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup dry lentils
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2 tbsp lime juice
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1. Heat oil over medium high heat. Add the onions and sauté for a couple minutes.

2. Add the garlic, spices, and tomatoes and stir to coat. Sauté for a minute to let the flavors develop.

3. Add the lentils, veggie broth, and coconut milk.

4. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 20–25 minutes, until the lentils soften.

5. Stir in spinach and remove from heat.

6. Stir in lime juice and serve.

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Photo: Lauren Sacerdote

Lauren is a homebody who likes to spend time with her cat, explore new ideas in the kitchen, relax in the sun with a good book, and promote healthy living to friends and family.


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