Published Jun 19th
Prep 15m Cook 1h 15m Additional - Ready In 1h 30m
Servings 8 servings Calories 319.2

This started out as a soup recipe but can be used as a vegetarian rice dish. A sweet accompaniment to a plate of Basmati rice and assorted Indian breads.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium head garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 ½ cups dry lentils
  • 2 (32 fluid ounce) containers chicken broth
  • 1 ½ large carrot, shredded
  • 1 large onion, grated
  • 1 cup asparagus tips
  • 1 cup sweet peas
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. 2 Cut the top off of the head of garlic and place in a shallow dish in 1 inch of water. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, sprinkle with basil, cover and place on a baking sheet. Halve and seed the bell pepper, drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and place on the baking sheet.
  3. 3 Bake garlic and pepper in preheated oven until pepper is browned and garlic is soft, 20 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and, when cool enough to handle, remove skin from pepper and chop. Squeeze out garlic cloves and mash together in a bowl to form a paste.
  4. 4 While garlic and pepper are baking, combine lentils and chicken broth in a large pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 40 minutes, until lentils are just tender.
  5. 5 Stir garlic paste, bell pepper, carrots, onion, asparagus, peas into lentil mixture, adding more broth to thin if necessary. Season with sugar, marmalade, curry powder, saffron, salt and pepper. Simmer 30 minutes more, until vegetables are tender and flavors are well blended.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 319.2
  • Carbohydrate 50.8 g
  • Cholesterol 5.6 mg
  • Fat 6.6 g
  • Fiber 14.4 g
  • Protein 17 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.9 g
  • Sodium 1367.5 mg
  • Sugar 16.4 g


  1. This came out pretty well I used prepared lentils which cut down the time spent cooking. I also used a lot more curry and I think it might have over shadowed the other flavors too much. The timing of cooking the vegetables is difficult because in the end there are some that are overcooked. Don't - Read more ...
  2. I'm not sure if I did something wrong but this recipe was just not very good. Way too sweet.
  3. I never thought I would like lentils but this is wonderful. It does get thick. You can thin it or just leave it alone. I like it thick.
  4. Sooooper-nummy! I was thrilled to find a recipe with lentils and curry... I was tempted to make it vegetarian (for my BF's sake) but instead relented and added 2 breasts of chicken. This is the best soup I've made. I didn't have fresh veggies (except the asparagus) so I added some frozen bagged mixed vegetables - Read more ...

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