Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add ginger, garlic shallots and carrots and cook stirring often until softened, about 7 minutes. Add curry powder, and cook stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add salt, 1/2 c. coconut milk, 4 c. water and the lentils. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils and carrots are tender, about 10 minutes. Strain out about 2 c. of solids. Add cilantro. Puree the remaining soup with an immersion blender. Stir in reserved solids, and dried cherries. Stir to incorporate. Reheat if necessary. To serve, ladle into bowls. Swirl remaining 1/4 c. coconut milk over soap. Garnish with additional chopped dried cherries and cilantro leaves.
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