Smooth Operator…



When you’re in the mood for something decadent tasting but not a heavy meal, this will do just fine.  Silky smooth and slightly spicy, with an exotic bent that is luxurious and comforting, this soup takes no time at all.  I used chicken broth, but using vegetable broth makes it completely vegan.

I love this one!!

Inspired by Cookie + Kate…thank you!


Printable Recipe



1 tablespoon olive oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 cup finely diced shallots (or sweet onion)

2 large carrots, shredded

1 cup dried red lentils – picked over

1/4 cup unsweetened dried cherries

1 (14 oz) can vegetable or chicken broth

3 cups water

1/2 cup lite coconut milk – unsweetened

2 teaspoons sweet curry powder – I use this one from Penzey’s

1/2 teaspoon salt (I added a little more once it was cooked…just my preference)

1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1/8 powdered ginger

Dash freshly grated nutmeg


In a large sauce pan, over medium heat, saute the garlic, shallots, and carrots in the olive oil for 5 minutes.  Add the lentils, cherries, chicken/vegetable broth, water, coconut milk, curry powder, salt, cilantro, sugar, ginger, and nutmeg.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until lentils are very soft.  Allow to cool slightly.

In batches, add soup to blender and process until smooth.  Reheat gently over low.  Serve with a drizzle of coconut milk and garnish with cherries, if desired.  Makes approx. 6 (1 cup) servings.

Per Serving: 196 Cal; 10 g Protein; 5 g Tot Fat; 31 g Carb; 5 g Fiber; (26 NET Carb); 4 g Sugar; 520 mg Sodium


16 Comments Add yours

  1. Diana C. says:

    Oh my goodness!! Looks delish!! I’m sooooo glad that you are back at it in the kitchen 😉

  2. Happy to get a new recipe from you. Can always count on it to be easy and good.

  3. Robin says:

    Thank you! This is one of my most favorite soups! I could live on it! Can’t wait to make it this weekend!

  4. Jan Jinske says:

    I’ve missed your great recipes. Welcome back.


  5. Karen Manning says:

    I am so glad you are back. I have missed you. This recipe sounds so good. . Will have to try it soon.

  6. deb4951 says:

    Missed you….hope you are well….so glad you are back !

  7. Linda says:

    Ditto! Glad your back! Where have you been? Recipe looks wonderful.

  8. Mirya says:

    This looks wonderful. I need to stop at the store for a few ingredients.

  9. Laurel says:

    Looks lovely Linda. I can’t wait to try try it. Surely its just the thing to chase off the last of the winters chill.

  10. This just looks lovely!

    Love it


  11. mary bender says:

    happy to get this hope all is well

  12. theresaswift says:

    Looks Delish can’t wait to give it a try !!! Been missing you Dear.

  13. Amy says:

    I made the original from Cookie and Kate…I like your adaptation and will make it next time. The cherries are really nice on it!

  14. anharrington says:

    Reblogged this on anharrington and commented:
    This is delicious, and so easy! Enjoy!

  15. molawed says:

    So glad you posted in 2013 🙂 Would love to hear more from you. Your Internet presence is sorely missed!

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