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One-Pot Golden Red Lentil and Mushroom Curry Soup

40 min



Red lentils are a little bit different than brown or green lentils, as they lose their shape once they are cooked. The texture of the lentils dissolved into the broth and flavour of the spices is so incredibly comforting, and wonderfully filling too.



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Lentil curry

  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • ½ Tbsp (3 g)
    whole brown mustard seeds
  • ½ Tbsp (3 g)
    whole cumin seeds
  • 2
    yellow onions, chopped
  • 4
    cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ Tbsp (3 g)
    freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    chili flakes
  • 2½ cups (180 g)
    cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ tsp (3 g)
  • ½ Tbsp (3 g)
    ground coriander
  • 1 tsp (3 g)
    ground turmeric
  • ⅛ tsp
    ground black pepper
  • 1½ cups (288 g)
    dry red lentils, rinsed*
  • vegetable bouillon cubes, crumbled
  • 6 cups (1440 mL)
  • 3
    medium tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ Tbsp (1 g)
    dried fenugreek leaves (optional)

Yogurt sauce

  • 1 cup (240 mL)
    unsweetened soy yogurt
  • 1
    clove garlic, crushed
  • ¼ tsp (2 g)

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  1. Heat a large pan on medium-high. Add the oil and when hot, add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Stir continuously to toast, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, and chili flakes. Cook until the onions become translucent, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms and sprinkle over top the salt. The salt helps to draw the water out of the mushrooms. Cook this until the moisture has evaporated, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the coriander, turmeric, and pepper, and cook while stirring for another 1 minute to toast the spices.
  5. Add the lentils, bouillon cubes, and water, and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook uncovered for 10 - 15 minutes, or until the lentils are cooked through.
  6. Meanwhile, make the yogurt sauce by adding the yogurt, garlic, and salt to a bowl. Stir to combine and set aside.
  7. When the lentils are cooked, stir in the tomato, and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  8. Finally, add the fenugreek leaves, stir, then remove from the heat.
  9. Serve with rice or naan, with the yogurt sauce drizzled overtop. Enjoy!


  • * If soaking the lentils overnight, reduce the cooking time by 5 - 10 minutes, and also reduce the amount of cooking water by half as well.
  • Variations: add any additional veggies that you like, such as broccoli, zucchini, or bell peppers.


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Grains 0%
Proteins 44%

dry red lentils

unsweetened soy yogurt

Fruits & Veggies 56%

yellow onion

clove garlic

freshly grated ginger

cremini mushrooms

medium tomato

clove garlic


unsweetened soy yogurt


vegetable oil

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Carmen Vazquez - Sept. 20, 2021, 12:15 a.m.

This is the best website ever!

Clare - Sept. 3, 2021, 4:10 p.m.

This dish has such a complex and beautiful blend of aromas! Love it!

Giggle - Aug. 23, 2021, 3:45 a.m.

Can I freeze this meal?

PUL Team - Aug. 25, 2021, 5:44 a.m.

Hi there, Giggle, we haven't tested it out, but we imagine it would freeze well in an air-tight container for up to 3 months though :)

Livia - Aug. 16, 2021, 11:13 p.m.

Love these recipes! I'm just wondering where you got your pans from :) they look very nice!

PUL Team - Aug. 18, 2021, 12:35 a.m.

Hi Livia, the white pan with wooden handles is from a company called Ambition. Just a heads up, the colour does fade and become yellowish in the centre over time. We do have other similar pots and pans in our shop here though:… 😊

Elisa - Aug. 12, 2021, 8:42 a.m.

The recipe sound delicious, can't wait to try it!
Would it works more like a stew than a soup adding a bit less water?

thank you!

PUL Team - Aug. 12, 2021, 4:25 p.m.

Hey Elisa! You could add less water if desired or strain the soup after cooking to reduce the liquid. The water also helps to dilute the flavours a bit though so we'd recommend starting with 1/2 a bouillon cube if using less water and adding more to taste.

We haven't tested it out, but experimenting with some starch (such as cornstarch) may also help achieve a more stew-like consistency. We hope you enjoy the recipe if you give it a try 😊

Liz - July 27, 2021, 11:28 p.m.

This is one of my favorite soups! I added coconut milk instead of the yogurt. Thanks so much for the hearty and healthy soup recipe! :)

PUL Team - July 29, 2021, 5:37 p.m.

A lovely substitute, Liz, thanks for sharing!

Hannah - July 25, 2021, 10:35 a.m.

This is the best curry soup ever. When I made this for my mum she couldn’t believe how flavourful it was. Mum often asks for it now. Sending lots of hugs and kisses.

PUL Team - July 27, 2021, 1:13 a.m.

So honoured to hear, Hannah! Thanks a bunch for sharing ☺️

Hadeel - July 22, 2021, 7:59 p.m.

My favourite lentil soup, I make it at least once every two weeks (only because it is summer)

We need more "Summer Meals" recipes please 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

PUL Team - July 23, 2021, 3:21 a.m.

Thank you for the review and request, Hadeel! Noted 🤓

Isa - July 11, 2021, 7:03 p.m.

I am sneaking in some Vegan dishes whenever I could when I cook for my family. And this was the first recipe that I did not have any complaints about! It is super simple, and so damn delicious. Will make this more often when I cook for non-plant-base eaters.

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 2:42 p.m.

A huge compliment, Isa, thank you for sharing! So glad the curry soup was enjoyed 🌻

Sonya - July 9, 2021, 2:57 p.m.

I loved this recipe, absolutely delicious! My partner who does not like lentils loved this and asked for more.
Definitely will make again as my mouth is watering writing this!

PUL Team - July 14, 2021, 9:52 p.m.

Such an incredible review, Sonya, thank you!

Victoria - July 8, 2021, 7:40 p.m.

I feel like I must have done something wrong because 99% of Sadia's recipes are amazing, but this one fell a bit off the mark for me. I probably didn't use enough mushrooms...

PUL Team - July 10, 2021, 7:15 p.m.

Hey there, Victoria! Thanks for sharing your honest review with us. Would you kindly mind sharing if you used the same portion sizes as the recipe provides? If you did and are hoping to try the recipe again, another idea may be checking if your spices are all fresh as using older ones may impact the flavour. We hope it turns out better if you give the recipe another try ✨

Janelle - June 19, 2021, 11 a.m.

Wow! This soup was amazing. So full of flavour and comforting on a cold winter's evening here in Australia. I squeezed a bit of lime juice over it at the end which added freshness. Hearty and Nourishing ~ thank you!

PUL Team - June 21, 2021, 6:24 a.m.

Oo love the lime juice idea! The thanks is to you, Janelle 😃

Mara - April 10, 2021, 7:36 p.m.

On days when I just can't think of anything exciting to cook, I can always rely to get inspiration from your recipes! I absolutely love your new website and this soup was so flavourful and simply delicious! 😋

PUL Team - April 11, 2021, 12:31 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Mara! So glad you're enjoying the new site :D

Miriam - April 9, 2021, 5:21 p.m.

I love all your recipes , Sadia !!
This soup is absolutely amazing , flavourful , it nourishes the mind and body too .
Thank you for another delicious recipe 🤗

PUL Team - April 9, 2021, 11:22 p.m.

Aww this means so much, Miriam! So happy you enjoyed the soup :)

Cadence - March 31, 2021, 3:54 p.m.

This was really good! Full of flaver and spice!

PUL Team - April 3, 2021, 1 a.m.

So glad you enjoyed it, Cadence 🤗

Rachel- Richmond, VA USA - March 22, 2021, 9:12 a.m.

This soup is divine. It is beautifully seasoned. Thank you for a great recipe.

PUL Team - March 31, 2021, 5:59 a.m.

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the soup, Rachel 🥰