Coconut Red Lentil Soup

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 10, 2010

Hello :wub:

I made it back from my meetings to have a quick lunch of leftovers today! I decided to eat outdoors…but I had to bundle up as it was still chilly!


I had a bowl of leftover Delicious vegan Chili from last night.

Along with Mary’s Crackers and Red Pepper Hummus.




For dinner, I made Coconut Red Lentil Soup that I have been meaning to try for a while by Heidi Swanson. When I saw it on Jenna’s blog recently, I knew I had to finally make it. I had great success with Heidi’s Red Lentil Soup (see my version here), so I had a feeling this one would be great too.

Coconut Red Lentil Soup


Adapted from 101 Cookbooks.


  • 1 cup yellow split peas (I didn’t have any so I simply doubled the lentils)
  • 1 cup red split lentils (I used green lentils)
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh peeled and minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 8 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins (I used regular sultana raisins)
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt
  • one small handful cilantro, chopped (I didn’t have any)

For the directions and original ingredients, please visit the original recipe’s page.


As I mentioned above, I doubled the lentils since I didn’t have any split peas. However the peas were sorely missed! The soup was lacking some texture that I am sure the split peas would have added that little bit of crispness to it.


I set aside some of the onion, but of course I forgot to sprinkle them on the soup when it came time to eat!


That was an awkward one handed picture. ;)


It has been so long since I have had raisins! They are addicting. Next time I would double the raisins as I loved them so much in the soup!


Toasted curry powder. I think I need to upgrade my curry powder because this is no name stuff and it is not the best. Any curry connoisseurs out there?

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As you can see it REALLY thickened up! I would be more inclined to call this a stew as it was so thick. It would be wonderful over a thick chunk of toasted bread.


I loved it!

I think this is the type of dish that will be much better the next day so I am excited for tomorrow to see how it compares. Tons of protein too.


Now you can watch a video of all three of my meals today! :) I switched back to You Tube after not having success with Bliptv last night. You will have to take into consideration that You Tube doesn’t let me use my own music so I have to pick from a sad selection!



See you tomorrow morning…I will be talking about a troubling running discovery I made tonight.


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Jenny May 10, 2010 at 6:40 pm

I can’t believe how cold it is up in Canada! The weather must shift alot (maybe?) because Calgarians are saying it’s semi-warm! Looks like you had another day of gorgeous eats:)


nicole @ Making Good Choices May 10, 2010 at 6:40 pm

I just bought lentils, so you can bet I am going to make this one day in the next 2 weeks. I would never ever think to add raisins to soup so I can’t wait to try. I love the video too! How good are Mary’s crack and hummus…mmm my fav snack!


Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm

That soup looks amazing! I rediscovered my love of lentils tonight, so I definetly need to try this :D


[email protected] May 10, 2010 at 6:57 pm

im so fixated on the curry powder midway in the air. weeeee hehe.

LOOKS Yummy girlie!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm

It is pretty cold here today, too. it feels like winter!


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 10, 2010 at 7:07 pm

One handed shots can get so awkward and hard to do, but you did a great job with them :)


Allison May 10, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Have you ever heard of They have a bunch of music that is all licensed to be shared. I’m not sure if maybe that would work under the YouTube guidelines?


Kerry May 10, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Maybe I need to give that soup recipe another try. It didn’t come out very well when I tried to make it, yet so many other people seem to really like it. I did make your spelt veggie burgers tonight which were great!


theemptynutjar May 10, 2010 at 7:11 pm

You can do no wrong in the kitchen Angela. Wow.
Love the layout too. So nice.


CB May 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm

This looks delicious – I’ve been looking for a yummy lentil recipe to try! As for curry powder, try Sharwood’s. It’s an English brand that is definitely a step up from no-name/generic curry – I like the hot variety the best. Out here in the west I get it at Save-On/Overwaitea, but I think I remember seeing it at Zehr’s when I lived in ON.


Nicole May 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm

I lOVE the pictures on your blog. what kind of camera do you use?


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2010 at 7:41 pm

It is a Canon 30D SLR :)


bridget May 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm

I love a nice thick soup. Yours looks FAB! I could totally imagine myself dunking a chunk of warm crusty bread into it……mmmmmmmm


Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries May 10, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Raisins are SO addicting! I’m honestly afraid around them because I could eat them until my belly fells sick!


Krystina May 10, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Mmm, that soup is right up my alley. I plan on definitely trying it at some point.


Kailey (SnackFace) May 10, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Ah! Sorry I am so behind, but this new layout and header is GORGEOUS! I adore it! So fresh and modern.

I hope it warms up for you soon! It’s been in the 60s (*F) here and I thought that was chilly!


Heather @ Side of Sneakers May 10, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I’m absolutely in love with your photographs- look like the RAW format isn’t holding you back in the least bit! :)


Kristen May 10, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Thank you for posting this recipe, I was planning on looking it up this evening! I have seen many people in the blog world use this recipe and with our weather in the great state of Washington something warm and yummy just seemed the thing to make. I am planning on doing the prep in the morning and placing everything in the crockpot do you think the lentils will hold up ok?


Maya May 10, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I love your new site! It feels much cleaner and simpler. It’s radiant like you! And your photos are looking lovely, maybe even better in the raw format.


Stacey May 10, 2010 at 8:34 pm

I love lentil soup and I love the addition of raisins.


Jane May 10, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I made that lentil soup last week…it is so good…had it for lunch everyday…working on variety. A big pot of soup is great to make on Monday for leftovers.


Heather (Heather's Dish) May 10, 2010 at 8:52 pm

um, DROOL! holy moly that looks fabulous :) i’ve recently fallen in love with split peas, and you’re right…they add such a fabulous texture!


eatmovelove May 10, 2010 at 9:13 pm

I LOVE raisinsa and have them in everything, but never tried soup! It will be done though :) Wish I had your patience to prepare a meal like that….


Kaitlin May 10, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Hey Angela! I’ve been reading your blog for awhile but have yet to comment. I just received the Spring Variety of Glo Bars and they are absolutely DELICIOUS! My husband loves them too :) I have an eating disorder history (both binge and restrict) and have found your blog to continuously inspire me to live a healthy lifestyle. I’ve learned so much just by reading your blog daily. Thank you for all that you do!


Tracie Willerton May 10, 2010 at 9:55 pm

I just started reading your blog. Thank you for sharing your great and yummy ideas:) I enjoyed your little video today. You are truly inspiring!!


Amber K May 10, 2010 at 10:05 pm

That sounds so interesting! I have never had lentils before.


Wei-Wei May 10, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Stew/soup looks amazing! I don’t eat lentils much, but maybe I should, for the protein? Dunno where to get it in China. :/

I love the video, by the way! :D It totally ties in with your new look. :D



Caz May 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Yum! I love this soup, we made it a few weeks ago and I still have some in the freezer. Can’t wait. But I too thought I needed a great variety of curry powder. My regular stuff I’ve probably had (open) for more than a year. It was good but not FAB!


Ilana May 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm

oh gosh I love how raisins get plump and warm in water…almost liquidy inside. so delish. mmm…


Lizz @ leadingthegoodlife May 10, 2010 at 11:39 pm

I’ve been wanting to make this soup, too! I just checked the forecast and we’re expecting rain all week here in Omaha – sounds like the perfect opportunity!


jenny (Green Food Diaries) May 11, 2010 at 12:37 am

wahhh. i want curry. so. badly.


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] May 11, 2010 at 2:06 am

I loveee your blue chip bowl and polka dot towel – very cute!

Why the meal video? Seems a little overboard to me?


Kayla May 11, 2010 at 7:32 am

Hi Angela! I just wanted to mention, (I LOVE your new layout) but it is kind of hard for me to read the light blue type. Idk if I’m the only one w/ this probably but thought I would mention it to you..


Laura May 11, 2010 at 8:01 am

Arvinda’s makes the best curry powder and a whole bunch of lovely Indian spices. They’re blended right in Oakville. I get them at Whole Foods, but I’ve seen them at some Sobey’s stores. Seriously, you’ll never wanna use any other curry powder again.


Paige (Running Around Normal) May 11, 2010 at 8:02 am

I’ve been seeing lentils around the blogosphere a lot lately! I have a bag at home. Now I can’t decide whether to make lentil burgers or this soup! Looks lovely:)


[email protected] May 11, 2010 at 8:14 am

the lentils look great! what a yummy dinner…..


Amanda May 11, 2010 at 8:42 am

You need to try the Penzey spices!! They’re amazing –


Camille May 11, 2010 at 9:16 am

Haha, love the video! So cute!


Ashley May 11, 2010 at 9:48 am

I made that soup when it was still cold in Vegas and LOVED it. It definitely gets better and better …. and better with time. The raisins were my favorite part too. I made it with the red lentils and split peas, and mine wasn’t as thick as yours, so maybe that had something to do with it?

I had my first VOO and it was love at first bite (hahahaha, I’m so corny). This will be awesome on 115 degree days this summer when I want oats but can’t stand to eat anything hot. Can’t wait to try VOO w/ banana soft serve.


Lily @ Lily's Health Pad May 11, 2010 at 10:33 am

Parsnip nut butter fry spotting here too!


Kirsten May 11, 2010 at 11:14 am

I love your photos today! They look amazing!


Gena May 11, 2010 at 4:01 pm

First of all, LOVE the new look! Second of all, I must try that soup!


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