Motivation Monday: Warm Lentil Soup

Motivation Monday: Warm Lentil Soup

As we head into a week of icy cold temperatures, there is no better time to start thinking about delicious, heart-warming soups. Soups can be a nourishing way to include a wide variety of vegetables into your day. Soups are also a great opportunity to experiment with lentils and legumes (pulses). Pulses are a great source of dietary fibre.

As part of a healthy, balanced diet, we should be aiming for 30-38g of fibre each day. Dietary Fibre promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the bowel and has a range of health benefits, including improved digestive health, improved weight control, protect against colorectal cancer, manages and reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes and lowers the risk of heart disease.

Curried Lentil & Coconut Soup


1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 brown onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 carrot, chopped

4cm piece fresh ginger, finely grated

2 tablespoons korma curry paste

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 cup red lentils, rinsed, drained

400g can diced tomatoes

270ml can coconut milk

1/2 cup plain Greek-style yoghurt

2 teaspoons lime juice

1/3 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves

1 lime, cut into wedges, to serve


Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion softens.

Add the korma curry paste, ground cumin and ground coriander. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant.

Add lentils, diced tomatoes, carrot, coconut milk and 1 litre cold water.

Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until lentils are tender.

Meanwhile, combine yoghurt, lime juice and 1/2 the coriander leaves in a bowl. Ladle soup into serving bowls.

Drizzle with yoghurt mixture and sprinkle with remaining coriander leaves. Serve with lime wedges.


Emma Caldwell
Accredited Practicing Dietitian
Fitwise Physiotherapy
Consulting at our Armadale and East Melbourne rooms

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