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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.

Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
5 from 2 votes

Curried Lentil Kale Soup with Mushrooms

Prep 5 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Total 35 minutes
A warming soup, packed with lentils, mushrooms, and kale in a rich, coconutty, spiced sauce.
4 people


  • 1 ½ cup dried lentils I used dalia split
  • 4-6 cups stock vegetable, chicken, not-chicken
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil about 1 tablespoon or less, depending on what you're after, coconut oil, or ghee, for frying the onion
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric I was out but would have used it otherwise for a gorgeous color, optional
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2-3 handfuls kale torn into small pieces
  • 2 small button mushrooms
  • 1 cup coconut milk NOT sweetened
  • salt pinch, to taste


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 4gCalories: 446calProtein: 22gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gSodium: 972mgPotassium: 1074mgTotal Carbs: 55gFiber: 23gSugar: 5gNet Carbs: 32gVitamin A: 2423IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 90mgIron: 8mg
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Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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  1. Avatar Alison Manning says:

    LOVE this soup!5 stars

    1. Megan | 40 Aprons Team Megan | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Thanks so much, Alison!

  2. This was a super tasty soup!! Judging by the photo, I think the ingredients list might be off? I think you meant 2 cups of mushrooms not 2 total mushrooms right? That’s how I made it anyways and it was great! 🙂5 stars

  3. 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!

    1. Avatar 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! 🙂

  4. 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!

    1. Avatar 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 🙂

  5. 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!

    1. Avatar Cheryl Hurley says:

      Spinach would be great in the soup! Let me know how you like it 🙂

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

    1. Avatar 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!

  7. Avatar Autism United says:

    Wonderful looking soup Cheryl, great job!

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