Curried Ginger Red Lentil and Quinoa Soup

Curried Ginger Red Lentil Quinoa Soup (A Seat at the Table)

This is one flavorful vegan soup!  Even though I know better, it’s still sometimes hard to think of vegetarian/vegan soups as something complex and flavorful.  Meat adds a lot of flavorful layers to a soup, even if there’s a lot of vegetables mixed in.  However, this soup is definitely not lacking in complex flavors!   Curry powder is a blend of many spices, which already adds a wonderful range of flavors, but then the fresh ginger makes it slightly spicy, with a hint of sweet and burst of bright flavor.  With lentils, quinoa and chickpeas this also packs a ton of protein into a vegan soup.  I served this at Carroll Cafe, and after having a bowl, one gentleman came back to ask if he could buy the whole pot!  I consider that a huge success!

Curried Ginger Red Lentil and Quinoa SoupCurried Ginger Red Lentil Quinoa Soup (A Seat at the Table)

Serves 10-12

Adapted from Zesty Cook

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 5 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 lb red lentils
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (28oz) can diced tomatoes
  •  2 bay leaves
  • 1 (15oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

In a large pot, heat oil over medium high heat.  Add onions, carrot and celery, sauté until tender, about 10 minutes.  Add garlic, ginger, and curry powder, sauté for about a minute or until fragrant.Curried Ginger Red Lentil and Quinoa Soup (A Seat at the Table)

Add lentils, broth, tomatoes, and bay leaves.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer until lentils are tender, about 10-15 minutes.  Add chickpeas and quinoa, heat through.  Season with salt and pepper, taste and adjust seasoning as needed.  Top with plain Greek yogurt and/or fresh cilantro.

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2 thoughts on “Curried Ginger Red Lentil and Quinoa Soup

    1. Hi Susanne,

      Thank you for your comment. I believe in a more intuitive approach to eating, and therefore do not provide calorie information for my recipes. Each individual’s hunger and dietary needs are different and I wouldn’t want my idea of a “serving size” to cause someone to feel guilty for needing/wanting more than what I consider a serving. If you are interested in finding nutritional information you can use a service like to add the recipe and calculate nutrition facts.

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