Ginger Garlic Lentil Soup

Garlicky soup for you, and your partner.

Ginger Garlic Lentil Soup Recipe

This recipe is a bit famous in our household, a recipe that we have used over the years (since 1997), and laugh about the garlickiness of it. But don’t skimp on the garlic. It is worth every clove. Just make sure your partner eats some too.

Browse our collection of Soup Recipes here and here or the Red Lentil recipes here. Find some inspiration in our Autumn collection here and here.

Ginger Garlic Lentil Soup Recipe

Make a large batch so that you can put some in the freezer for those cold nights coming home late without an ounce of energy for cooking.

Ginger Garlic Red Lentil Soup

Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 40 mins
Serves: 4 – 6 people, depending how you use it

2 cups masoor dal (called red lentils in Australia)
1.75 l vegetable stock or water
2 bay leaves
5 cloves of garlic, peeled and mashed or chopped very finely
5 cm piece of ginger, chopped very finely
2 carrots, peeled and grated
0.5 cups diced tomatoes
1 red capsicum, diced
1 cup sliced onions
0.5 cups sliced shallots
1 Tbspn virgin olive oil
2 tspn ground cumin
2 tspn ground coriander
1 cm piece red chilli, finely sliced, or to taste
2 Tblspn lemon juice
salt and black pepper

Wash the lentils, removing any impurities, and place in a saucepan with the vegetable stock, bay leaves, garlic and ginger. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the carrots, tomatoes and capsicum. Simmer for a further 15 minutes.

In as separate pan, sauté the onions and shallots in the olive oil. Add the spices and sauté for 1 minute Remove the bay leaves from the soup and add the sautéed onions, shallots and spices, and the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Ginger Garlic Lentil Soup Recipe

This has been cross posted with our sister site, Heat in The Kitchen. It appears there as part of the Retro Recipes series.

Author: Ganga108

Heat in the Kitchen, Cooking with Spirit. Temple junkie, temple builder, temple cleaner. Lover of life, people, cultures, travel. Champion of growth, change and awareness. Taker of photos. Passionate about family. Happy.

30 thoughts on “Ginger Garlic Lentil Soup”

  1. I love lentils and soup…very reminiscent of the Greek one.

    Hi truenorth, there is a Greek one? Do you have a recipe?


  2. Wow, garlic and lentils – two of my favorites. I don’t care how hot it gets this weekend, I would make this. Looks delicious!

    Don’t they make the best pot partners? Hope you enjoy it!


  3. Exactly what I want right now. Just lovely. Your pictures are stunning.

    Oh hope you get to treat yourself with some. I have put quite a bit in the freezer. Thanks for noticing my pictures. It is hard to photograph soup and I wanted to do something different to what I normally do.


  4. I used to think of this soup being oh so garlicky! I made it the other morning, and when I read the recipe I thought to myself ‘only 5 cloves?!?’
    So I went for 8 garlic cloves instead.

    Hey, I hope it was garlicky enough! I can remember the first time I made this – we ate it out on the deck with Debbie. Probably a Sunday lunch.


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