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Cleansing Lentil & Greens Soup

Updated: Nov 16, 2021

This is a go to soup for me. Quick, warming and cleansing. The spices are complex enough to keep it interesting. V, GF.


- 1 C red lentil

- half a bunch kale (or spinach or any other greens you have around)

- 1/2 white onion

- 2 cloves garlic

- 1-inch nob fresh ginger minced

- 5 C water or veggie broth

- 1 TB sesame oil

- 1/4 ts mustard seed

- 1/4 ts cumin seed

- 1 ts turmeric

- 1/2 TB garam masala

- salt & pepper to taste


- rinse red lentils thoroughly

- toast mustard & cumin seeds in oil until mustard seeds pop

- add onion, garlic & ginger

- when those soften (about 5-min), add spices (garam masala and turmeric), let cook for a minute

- add red lentils, incorporate (stir) for about a minute

- add water

- bring to boil, then lower to simmer for 15-minutes

* optional: use immersion blender to make it a little creamier or leave as is

- throw in greens

- salt & pepper to taste, a squirt of lemon or some fresh cilantro can adds brightness

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