Vegan Red Lentil Curry Soup | Masoor Dal Recipe

Recipe type: Lentils
Cuisine: Turkish
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Serves: 4
Vegan Red Lentil Curry Soup is called Masoor Dal Recipe in India. I have tried to make this vegan turkish red lentil soup by two important ingredients Oilve Oil and Bay Leaf.
  • 1½ cup red lentil (masoor dal) soaked for 1 hour (not necessary)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (must)
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 bay leaves (must)
  • 1 tsp cumin (seeds or powder)
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • salt to taste
  • ½ tsp black pepper powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup (or tomato puree)
  • fresh coriander leaves for garnish
  1. Warm the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. You have to use olive oil in this recipe, 2 tablespoons olive oil may seem like a lot, but it adds a lovely richness and heartiness to this nutritious soup.
  2. Once oil is simmering, add cumin seed, bay leaves and let them pop. Add onion, stirring often till onion is turning translucent. It will take around 5 minutes.
  3. Then add garlic and red chili powder and give a nice stir.
  4. Add socked red lentil and water. The amount of water depends on red lentil quantity. I have used 1 and ½ cup lentil so double water is required. So add 3 cup of water. And cover the pot with lid, and cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Then open the lid, add salt to taste and black pepper (optional) and cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. Then transfer the 1 cup of soup to blender. Be careful with your hand from steam, puree the soup until smooth. Again transfer the puree of soup back to pot and give a nice stir and just cook for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Remove from the gas and add 1 tbsp tomato ketchup. serve as hot and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
you can also add finely chopped carrot and green peas with this soup.
Serve with garlic bread or simple plan rice. It also tastes good with jeera rice (Cumin Rice)
Recipe by Veggie Food Recipes at