Lentil Soup with Indian Spices

Lentil Soup with Indian Spices

This soup is a comfort food! Freezes well. If you don't have cheesecloth on hand, just put the spices in as they are and spoon them out before serving. Note that there are 2 small onions total.


  • 1 cup dried brown or green lentils
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cups water (or chicken broth)- Better Than Bouillon Paste works great, use 1/2 tsp per cup of water
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 2 pinches fennel seeds
  • 3 pods cardamom seeds, cracked
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 cup butternut squash or sweet potato, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Rinse the lentils well.
  2. Combine lentils, bay leaf, the first onion and 4 cups water or broth in a large stock pot.
  3. Tie together the cloves, cinnamon stick, fennel seeds and cardamom seeds in a piece of cheesecloth (or just put them in the soup and fish them out later) and add to stock pot.
  4. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down and simmer 45 minutes, uncovered.
  5. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a heavy skillet and combine the second onion, carrots, celery and squash, and cook over medium heat just about 6 to 8 minutes. Add vegetables to cooked lentils and stir to distribute evenly.
  6. Cook another 20 minutes, until veggies are tender.
  7. Season to taste with lemon juice, salt and pepper.


Source: Concord Monitor November 2005, Theresa Maier's Simple Suppers Column

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