Fragrant Red Lentil and Rainbow Chard Soup

Carolyn LaLumiere Miller

"Smells, looks, and tastes delicious. As with many soup recipes, use this as the basis for an aromatic, tasty soup. I've made it with fresh minced ginger, fresh minced turmeric, and fresh ground cardamom. I didn't notice a substantial difference in flavor, but if you like fresh, give them a try."
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1 h 30 m servings 240 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Calories:
  • 240 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 3 g
  • 5%
  • Carbs:
  • 39.2g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 14.6 g
  • 29%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 556 mg
  • 22%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Soak lentils in a bowl with water to cover for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat olive oil and bouillon in a stockpot over medium heat. Add onions; cook and stir until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir garlic, coriander, cumin, turmeric, and curry powder into onion mixture. Cook and stir until onion is tender and browned, adding a few spoonfuls of vegetable broth if needed to prevent burning, about 10 minutes more.
  3. Drain lentils and stir into onion mixture with remaining broth; bring soup to a boil. Cover stockpot, reduce heat, and simmer until lentils are soft, 30 to 45 minutes.
  4. Trim chard leaves, stack together, and cut into 3/4-inch strips. Stir chard into soup and cook until softened, about 10 minutes more.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Substitute vegetable broth with chicken broth, if desired.


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This was super yummy. I followed the recipe very closely. I couldn't find coriander at the store and misread the recipe and only bought one container of veggie broth so added filled up the conta...

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