Curried Pumpkin and Red Lentil Soup

This soup is a hug in a bowl, and perfect for those not-so-sunny spring days.

It’s packed with goodness and tastes incredible. The curry powder adds warmth and, by keeping it chunky, this soup is a meal in itself, perfect for bringing to work for lunch, as it doesn’t spill easily. I see you, spillers. You could choose to add more stock and blend it fully to create a lighter soup that’s more of a snack or a starter, it will also serve more this way, but I love it chunky.

Garlic

What you’ll need (serves 6):

  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil for frying and another 1 tablespoon for roasting
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of curry powder
  • 3.4fl oz (1 litre) of vegetable stock
  • 1/2 small pumpkin cut into 2cm x 2cm cubes
  • 7oz (200g) red lentils

Soup

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 392°F (200°C). Put 1 tablespoon of coconut oil into an oven tray and place in the oven. Once the oil has melted and is hot remove the tray and add the squash. Gently move the squash around the tray to evenly coat in the oil. Roast for 20 minutes, turning once.
  2. Rinse the lentils with cold water and set to the side. Heat the remaining oil in a large pan and add the onions. Cook until translucent and stir occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for a further five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the curry powder and the spices and stir for about two minutes until all of the aromas have been released. Add the lentils followed by the veg stock.
  4. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer, cooking for about 30 minutes or until the lentils are cooked.
  5. Remove the pumpkin from the oven and add half of it to the lentil mix. Stir in and roughly blend, you don’t want a smooth texture (unless you do). If you need to add a little more liquid at this point, do so a little at a time.
  6. Serve in bowls and top with some more of the pumpkin cubes.

Share and enjoy!

If you try this dish at home please take a photo of it and tag @thetinyvegankitchen on Instagram or @thetinyVK on Twitter. I’d love to see them!

Tanya x

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