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Red Lentil & Chickpea Soup

  • Author: Dave V. (modified)
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This hearty vegan soup is flavorful as it is filling. The chutney and garnishes are essential. Serve with some crusty bread and a green salad. 



For the soup

2 15.5 ounce cans of chickpeas

2 cups vegetable broth or water

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 large white or yellow onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons garlic, minced

1-inch piece of ginger, finely minced or sliced thinly

1 tablespoon curry powder

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 13.5 ounce cans of coconut milk

1½ cups of red lentils (dry)

Salt and pepper, to taste

For the chutney

1 shallot chopped fine

¼ cup golden raisins chopped (or left whole)

23 tablespoons chopped cilantro stems

Juice of ½ a lime


Cilantro leaves

Unsweetened flaked coconut

Sliced almonds

Fresno chilies, sliced


Drain the chickpeas, reserving the liquid. Add enough vegetable broth or water to the chickpea liquid to make a total of 5 cups. Set aside

Heat the olive oil in a heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and ginger, and cook until the onions are translucent but not browned, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

Add curry powder and cayenne. Sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add the chickpeas and the liquid to the pot. Bring to a low simmer then cover, with the lid slightly askew to allow steam to escape. Simmer for 20 minutes.

While the soup is simmering, combine the chutney ingredients and set aside.

To the soup, add coconut milk and lentils and return to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes or until the lentils have broken down and are creamy. If too thick, add more water or broth. Taste and adjust for seasoning as needed. If using sliced ginger, remove and discard before serving.

Serve soup with the chutney and garnishes.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Soups
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


  • Calories: 524.68
  • Sugar: 8.29 g.
  • Sodium: 584.21 mg.
  • Fat: 31.57 g.
  • Saturated Fat: 21.93 g.
  • Carbohydrates: 48.86 g.
  • Fiber: 18.4 g.
  • Protein: 17.14 g.
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: chickpeas, red lentils, coconut milk