In a large pan, warm oil over medium heat. Cook onion, carrot and celery, stirring often, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add garlic; sauté for 1 to 2 minutes longer. Add curry powder; sauté for 2 minutes longer.
Stir in broth, lentils, 2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat, cover pot, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until lentils are very soft, about 40 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Working in batches, puree half of soup in a blender until nearly smooth. Return pureed soup to pan. Stir in coconut milk and reheat gently over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally; do not boil. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with chopped cilantro just before serving, if desired.
I've been making this soup for a couple of years and it is incredible. Somehow this recipe tastes like more than the sum of its parts. It is so flavorful and rich, like no lentil soup I've had before. Easy to tinker with too - most recently I added two diced potatoes and only used half a can of coconut milk. It's also delicious to throw in some kale or other greens at the end
This was excellent. I pretty much followed the recipe except added more spices as others reviewers commented: 1 tsp coriander, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp ground red pepper. I also used two boxes of 32 ounce low sodium vegetable broth. Next time, I might add 1/2 cup more lentils (I used red lentils) and maybe turmeric.
The flavor is delicious, but I wish I had followed my gut and not pureed it, I really liked it better with the lentils and bits of vegetables. It is still good, but the next time I make it I might try pureeing only half the soup and leaving the rest alone then mixing them together.
This is a very good recipe. I did what others suggested and added 1 tsp. of each: coriander, chili powder and ground ginger. It added depth and tastiness to the recipe. I highly recommend using low sodium vegetable broth. Otherwise it becomes too salty after storing in the fridge overnight and reheat the next day.
Good recipe. Added coriander like rater above suggested, which did help since initial result was a little bland. Next time will add more carrots for more flavor and broth since soup was little thick for my taste.