Curried squash, lentil & coconut soup

Curried squash, lentil & coconut soup

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(87 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 6

Flavour up butternut squash with Indian spices for this warming and healthy vegetarian soup

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Dairy-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal178
  • fat7g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre4g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and diced
  • 200g carrot, diced



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 tbsp curry powder containing turmeric
  • 100g red lentil
  • 700ml low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 can reduced-fat coconut milk
    Coconut milk in a glass, with half a coconut

    Coconut milk

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    Coconut milk is not the slightly opaque liquid that flows from a freshly opened coconut –…

  • coriander and naan bread, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the squash and carrots, sizzle for 1 min, then stir in the curry powder and cook for 1 min more. Tip in the lentils, the vegetable stock and coconut milk and give everything a good stir. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 15-18 mins until everything is tender.

  2. Using a hand blender or in a food processor, blitz until as smooth as you like. Season and serve scattered with roughly chopped coriander and some naan bread alongside.

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15th Oct, 2019
I used a pattypan squash as that's what I had in the fridge. I followed recipe and served myself some immediately. I then put the remaining soup to keep warm in the slow cooker for when the family got home. The soup was so much tastier after a few hours in the slow cooker! - I will definitely make this again and I'll try adding onion and garlic as suggested by others. (I also added salt)
2nd Mar, 2019
also started mine with onions and garlic and 25g grated turmeric root , a wonderful soup for people with colds !
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Jennifer Durant
12th Jan, 2019
Really tasty and filling soup! Added onion and garlic as recommended here and a little more water to thin it out (personal preference). Quick and easy to make, freezes well too.
7th Dec, 2018
This is a delicious soup! My only additions were a chopped onion and 2 cloves of garlic. It freezes really well too!
29th Nov, 2018
The soup turned out tasting lovely. I, too, followed the advice in the comments and added an onion and a few cloves of garlic. I also cooked with Madras curry powder and so didn't add quite as much as a tablespoon. Additionally, I used two small orange squash (I don't know the name!) instead of butternut and the result is delicious.
17th Nov, 2018
24th Feb, 2018
This is a fab soup. Flavoursome, nutritious and so easy to make. I followed the tip and added an onion and garlic and it is delicious. I have made it a number of times already. Great to have ready in the fridge.
24th Feb, 2018
Absolutely gorgeous recipe, served it for a vegan friend of mine. Didn't serve with naan as couldn't find a vegan-friendly one but did everything else exactly as recommended and loved it!
11th May, 2017
Fantastic flavour in this soup - but I listened to everyone else, an onion and a bit of garlic and a hefty sprinkle of salt and pepper is definitely needed for a little extra flavour boost. Excellent recipe.
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1st Jan, 2017
Followed the recipe, just adding some seasoning at the end and was delicious. Will try next time with the onion and garlic as suggested in other comments to compare


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24th Jan, 2018
I am about to make this soup for my Vegan friend which I am sure will be lovely. However bought naan breads to go with it only to discover that Naans are made with milk and/or yogurt which is totally unsuitable for Vegans. I am surprised to find this bread included in a Vegan recipe with no advice given. Vegans should take note.
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Sandra Schmidt
21st Jan, 2018
Lovely soup, great texture and delicious as well! I'd recommend to add some fresh lime juice at the end to give it a fresh kick.
17th Mar, 2016
Delicious soup, thanks! I tinkered a little - added two chopped onions, and instead of the curry powder, added 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp garam masala, 3/4 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp coriander powder, plus 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper. Will definitely add to regular repertoire.
11th Sep, 2013
Delicious, I did sautee a small onion with the carrot and a couple of kaffir lime leaves which must be removed before blending...perfect I think!
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