January 8, 2010

Curried Coconut and Red Lentil Soup with Sweet Potato and Kale

What can I say -- I'm a coconut milk addict. I've been keeping a can or two in the pantry lately and using it in all sort of dishes -- Thai curry, rice pudding, and, tonight, a creamy and hearty curried coconut red lentil soup. I tossed in cubes of sweet potato for texture and extra sweetness, and some chopped kale, 'cuz I love my greens! This soup is warming, satisfying -- and healthy, too. And the aroma while it's simmering -- incredible!
curried coconut and red lentil soup with sweet potato & kale

1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive or coconut oil
1 medium red onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 cups)
32 ounces (4 cups) vegetable or chicken stock, or water
13.5-ounce can coconut milk
1-1/2 cups red lentils
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp curry powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
2 cups chopped kale (tough stems removed)
Sea salt
Juice of 1 lemon (or to taste)
Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat oil over medium-low heat in a soup pot. Add red onion and a pinch of sea salt and cook until onion is softened, 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add sweet potato and cook 5 minutes more.
  3. Add stock or water, coconut milk, red lentils, garlic powder, curry powder, cinnamon, and ginger, and a large pinch of salt. Simmer about 20 minutes, until sweet potato is tender.
  4. Stir in kale and simmer 10 minutes, or until tender.
  5. Add lemon juice, season with sea salt and black pepper to taste, and serve.


  1. This looks like a terrific curry! I bet the sweet potato added a nice sweet contrast to the spices. My mom made a similar curry growing up, she added kombocha pumpkins. Looks good!

  2. I love kabocha! It has such great texture. Maybe I'll try that in the soup next time!

  3. My daughter hates coconut milk and I adore it. So I find ways around it. This looks scrumptious and I love every ingredient!

  4. I have never cooked with Coconut milk... I have one dish on the menu for this week which I probably make on Wed that requires coconut milk... can't wait to give it a try.


  5. Your soup sings to me!!

    MMMM,..A very good for your health soup too!

  6. I like coconut but I often feel like it's too strong in soups and curries. I should prob make it myself so I can control it. It really looks very good!

  7. I made this and I really liked it. I added white pepper because I think curry tastes better with it. Very delicious!!

  8. thanks, Anonymous! Nice idea to add white pepper, maybe I'll try that next time.

  9. i've made this soup probably 6 times.. i haven't added cinnamon, though i imagine it would be good! making it again tonight.. i LOVE the sweet potato. I'm a soup freak and this one is my favorite!