Curried Red Lentil Soup with Dried Cherries and Cilantro

One of the world’s oldest health foods, lentils are nutritional powerhouses. Their high protein and fiber content steadies blood sugar, staving off hunger.

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  • Servings: 4
  • Yield: Makes 4 1/2 cups
Curried Red Lentil Soup with Dried Cherries and Cilantro

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2012


  • 2 teaspoons safflower oil
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped peeled ginger (from a 2-inch piece)
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped (2 tablespoons)
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped (4 tablespoons)
  • 2 carrots, finely diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • Coarse salt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried cherries
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro stems, plus 3 tablespoons cilantro leaves for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add ginger, garlic, shallot, and carrots, and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 7 minutes. Add curry powder, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  2. Add 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 4 cups water, and the lentils, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until lentils and carrots are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Pour 2 cups soup through a fine sieve into a bowl, reserving solids. Puree strained liquid with remaining soup in a blender until smooth. Reheat after blending. Stir in reserved solids.

  3. Reserving some for garnish, stir cherries and cilantro stems into soup, and ladle into bowls. Swirl in remaining 1/4 cup coconut milk, and garnish with cherries and cilantro leaves.


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