Curried Lentil Kale Soup with Mushrooms

Curried Lentil Kale Soup with MushroomsHow frustrated are you by the seemingly never-ending string of bizarre weather records, towns underwater, Atlanta experiencing pre-Walking Dead conditions from a few inches of snow? I couldn’t be more ready for the subtle hints of spring upon us, an unseen bird whistling mid-morning; the sun a bit closer, less removed, seeming to reenter the atmosphere; a few days in a row running out the door with only a decent jacket. But the blasted groundhog says we’ve weeks to wait–even though our forecast in Memphis this weekend boasts a couple days with highs breaking 60 degrees–so I’m keeping recipes like these close.

This soup is perfect for those wintry nights when you’re just tired of the cold and need something easy and filling without being too heavy. I’m not as in love with lentils as being a vegetarian/vegan dictates I be, but in this spiced, creamy soup, they’re perfect tender little pucks, filled with fiber and protein.

Curried Lentil Kale Soup with Mushrooms

You’ll love this soup because of the warming spices, basking in the cool, creamy coconut milk; the tender kale backstroking in the broth; the earthy mushrooms left whole for maximum flavor, marinated with the flavorful bisque.

You can cook the lentils in a pressure cooker to speed up the overall recipe time, but the simmering of the lentils is so inactive I don’t mind it. You can also use canned lentils if you have them to cut out that cooking time altogether.

Make this! It’ll warm your shivering bones.

Curried Lentil Kale Soup with Mushrooms
Serves 4
A warming soup, packed with lentils, mushrooms, and kale in a rich, coconutty, spiced sauce.
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
442 calories
50 g
3 g
16 g
28 g
11 g
489 g
509 g
3 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 442
Calories from Fat 132
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 11g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 3mg
Sodium 509mg
Total Carbohydrates 50g
Dietary Fiber 23g
Sugars 3g
Protein 28g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 1/2 C dried lentils (I used dalia split)
  2. 4-6 C stock (vegetable, chicken, not-chicken)
  3. olive oil, coconut oil, or ghee, for frying the onion (about 1 tablespoon or less, depending on what you're after)
  4. 1 medium onion, chopped
  5. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 1 teaspoon curry powder
  7. 1 teaspoon garam masala
  8. 1 teaspoon paprika
  9. about 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, optional (I was out but would have used it otherwise for a gorgeous color)
  10. 1 teaspoon cumin
  11. couple handfuls kale, torn into small pieces
  12. 2 C small button mushrooms
  13. 1 C coconut milk (NOT sweetened)
  14. salt, to taste
  1. Rinse the lentils in a colander and pick out any stones. Combine them in a pot with 4 cups stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil or ghee in a medium skillet and sauté the onion over medium heat, stirring frequently, until browned in spots but not burnt, about 10 minutes or so. Add the garlic and spices and fry until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Scrape into the lentils and add coconut milk, kale, and mushrooms. If soup is too thick, add up to 2 more cups stock.
  3. Bring soup back up to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for about 10 minutes, or until mushrooms are cooked and kale is tender. Add salt to taste.
Adapted from loosely from The Traveler's Lunchbox
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  1. cook says

    I just finished making this and it was GREAT! No kale on hand so I substituted spinach. Very flavorful, hearty, and simple to make.

    • Cheryl Hurley says

      I’m so glad you liked it!! I found it be a very simple yet flavorful soup for a winter night :) thank you for taking the time to comment, too!

  2. says

    Oh, yum! I have everything on hand except for kale, will be substituting spinach as “cook” did. So looking forward to this one, thank you for sharing!

  3. Kaity S says

    I just made this soup tonight as I had open packages of mushrooms, coconut milk, and stock to use up. I didn’t have coriander so I just left it out. OMG. It was amazing. Full of flavor, easy and quick to make, and absolutely delish. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Cheryl Malik says

      I’m so happy you liked it! I was actually thinking about making it yesterday.. easy and yummy, right? Thanks for your comment :)

  4. Camille says

    I just made this for the third time. It’s so ridiculously good.

    I make it in a pressure cooker, so the cooking takes about 15 min, not including cooldown, which is another maybe 10-15, unassisted. It’s nice because I can walk away and do other things.

    But I am a lentil soup fanatic, plus a lover of Indian food, so this recipe is pretty much my dream come true. THANK YOU!

    • Cheryl Malik says

      I’m so glad you love it! That’s pretty amazing how quickly you cook it all down in the pressure cooker – I hate to say I’m a little scared of that thing, but I need to get over it! Thanks so much for making the recipe and taking the time to comment, Camille! :)


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