a little bit of sunshine: coconut ginger lentil soup

This lovely coloured soup works well for dreary rainy winter days. Just look at it! It will put a smile on your face and its heavenly curried coconut scent helps to add a bit of lift to your step. It’s like sunshine in a bowl…or at least the next best thing.

Now, about the ginger. For this recipe, I used a few diced bits of candied ginger (not to be confused with the ginger candy I used in the banana bread recipe). Using candied ginger along with the coconut milk made the soup slightly sweet. If the sweetness thing isn’t for you, scratch the candied ginger and just use the fresh grated kind (or the powdered kind if it’s all you have). Both my husband and I really liked this soup, and the sweetness provided a nice counter-balance to the hotness of the curry and chilis. This one is a definite keeper.

33 comments to “a little bit of sunshine: coconut ginger lentil soup”

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    VeggieGirl   January 14, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Such a wonderful soup variety!!

    **Just as a heads up: I will not be able to comment on blogs as often now, during this semester, due to work overload (I’m stressed already) – PLEASE know that I’m still loyally reading, but just won’t have time to comment. I hope you understand!!

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    Bijoux   January 14, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    It is a very cold day here today. I can feel the cold drafts coming in from outside. I could use a bowl of coconut ginger soup. I really wanted to make this as soon as I saw your post, but I have no coconut milk and no fresh ginger (my powdered stuff is stale)…drats!

    Off I go to your recipe index and see what else I can whip up using lentils.

    Did you visit my food blog yet? You should. I’ve mentioned you in it, ha ha!

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    pinkstripes   January 14, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    YUM! The soup sounds perfect for winter. I love ginger.

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    Dawn   January 14, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    and good for you too!
    eating some of that will make me feel good indeed.

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    Kristin   January 14, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Sounds delicious. I think I’ll have to make some this weekend.

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    Laura   January 14, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    What a timely recipe! I have both primary ingredients languishing in my fridge at the moment!

    I love your blog. Thank you. 🙂

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    Pravina Studio   January 14, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Looks fanstatic! So we use both grated ginger and candied ginger?

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    kickpleat   January 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    no worries, veggiegirl! school comes first!

    bijoux, i've heard how cold it is in toronto! bundle up and make soup.

    pinkstripes, it is perfect for the winter. anything warm, comforting and gingery is good with me!

    indeed, dawn, i think it's pretty healthy! and delicious too 🙂

    kristin, it's a good soup. i hope you try it out.

    laura, hope you make it & like it as much as i do!

    pravina, yes, both gingers or either! your call 🙂

    seedtosoul, lentils (esp. the red ones) cook super quickly. no soaking and they're ready in just about 20 minutes!

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    seedtosoul   January 14, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    I always get discouraged out of using lentils in soup because the recipes I have always say to soak the lentils over night…I’m going to have to try this recipe, I’m always looking for a good soup recipe!

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    Maven   January 15, 2009 at 5:49 am

    Crazy. This is essentially what I had planned for dinner last night, and I did it–minus carrots and celery, plus sweet potatoes and canned tomatoes. What a good idea you had!

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    marcie   January 15, 2009 at 6:38 am

    oh man i love your soups! i make the red lemon lentil soup at least twice a month. cant wait to whip this one up as well.

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    Sarena Shasteen   January 15, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Wow, that looks so good! It is lunch time and I am hungry…I need a big bowl of that right now!

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    jenine   January 15, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Looks delicious. I can’t wait to try making it!

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    Cakespy   January 15, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Someone’s on a ginger kick…and I’m loving it! This looks fantastic and warming.

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    Carol Browne   January 15, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Yum! I’m going to try this and add a little cooked up chicken. I love coconut + chicken.

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    kickpleat   January 15, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    maven, great minds think alike!

    marci, i hope you like this one just as much!

    trust me, it makes a great lunch, sarena!

    thanks jenine!

    a ginger kick definitely, cakespy!

    carol, i’ve never mixed lentils and chicken but i’m sure it would be a great combo.

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    Hayley   January 15, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    MMMMM…This sounds so wonderful. I could use a bowl right about now – I’m freezing!

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    Daily Spud   January 15, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    You are speaking my language there with that soup. Nuff said!

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    Amira   January 16, 2009 at 12:56 am

    oh yum! what a great soup combo that sounds delicious!

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    Lori   January 17, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    This sounds really amazing. I definitely need to try this soup.It has a lot of great flavors!

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    eatme_delicious   January 20, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Mmm this soup looks really good. And you grind your cumin seeds with a mortar and pestle! I should try to use whole seeds and grind them myself – though I’d more likely use a coffee grinder, not quite as impressive.

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    EAT!   January 20, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Thanks for a new lentil soup recipe. With our cold weather we have had lately, this soup would be a welcome addition.

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    Katina   January 20, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    How creative! I just made a big batch of lentil soup the other day, but will have to try your version soon!

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    J   January 22, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I have only been reading food blogs for a couple of weeks and yours has quickly become my favourite.
    I made a double batch of this soup and it didn’t last 24 hours between 2 people. It was fantastic and I think I could have eaten it all by myself.

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    kickpleat   January 24, 2009 at 11:44 am

    hayley, what's up with all this cold weather! brrrrr.

    indeed, thanks daily spud!

    amira, it definitely is a great combo 🙂

    lori, this is flavour-packed!

    eatme, a coffee grinder is fine! i have a mortar & pestle so that's what i use…and it's great for working out some aggression too!

    definitely, eat! this soup is made for cold weather.

    katina, i love that there are so many different kinds of lentil soup you can make!

    thanks for the complement, j! glad you loved the soup.

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    4streegrrl   February 12, 2009 at 5:59 am

    hmmmm, I’ve been craving lentil soup and trying to decide what variety I should make. This looks like a crackin’ version. 🙂 Since it has been around -20*C the last couple of days and predicted to get a bit colder, AND because someone gave me a package of lentils as a good luck gift for the new year, I think I’ll give your recipe a go this weekend. 🙂

    Excellent food blog, btw, and nice to see it is written by another BC gal!

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    Lizanne   November 29, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I love any soup that has red lentils in it. I am confused by the “tiny can” of coconut milk. What size is that? I just have a regular 400 ml can. Should I use the whole thing?

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    kickpleat   November 29, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Hi Lizanne, this is a great soup, so I hope you enjoy it. The tiny can is a 156ml can which I bought at my local grocer in Chinatown. I would use half a regular can or make a double batch.

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    Naomi   February 13, 2011 at 9:52 am

    This is definitely one of the best soups I have ever made. SO YUMMY!

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    Tara   November 6, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    This soup has become a staple over the years in my house. We love it spooned over a bed of spinach that wilts with the heat of the soup. Flavors, color, spice all warm you from the inside. (We are definitely a double-batch / 400ml-coconut-milk-can kind of house!)

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    Kelly   November 16, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Thanks for this recipe, it’s really good! I used yellow curry powder instead of paste so I’m sure the end result was different but still very delicious 🙂

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    Nat   October 28, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Still making this in 2020! It’s the best.

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    kickpleat   October 28, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Love it, thanks, Nat!! Glad it’s still a favourite!

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