Detox Dal: Healing Lentil Soup


I have been pulling together a new website, and prepping for a new course called Radiant You: Ageless Beauty and Balance (details coming), and all I’ve been wanting for lunch each day is this hearty Lentil soup ~ which is great because it is part of a One Day Detox we will be doing at the start of the Radiant You program, and it’s great to be able to speak to its power not only to detox, but also to seduce.

Detox Lentil Soup
Makes 2-4 servings

1 cup Lentils
1 cup Red Quinoa, cooked
1/2 cup Onion, chopped
1-2 clove Garlic (or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder), minced
1-2 teaspoons Ghee (alternatively: coconut, safflower or peanut oil)
1 scant teaspoon Garam Masala (or 1 pinch each: turmeric, coriander, ginger, cinnamon, cumin and/or clove)
1 Carrot, quartered and chopped
1 stalk Celery, cut into small pieces
1 cup Kale, stalks removed, leaves torn into small bits
2 cups Vegetable Broth (I like Pacific Foods Low Sodium)
Hingvastak, or Hing/Asafotida, optional
Coconut or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, or Tamari (gluten-free) to taste

Rinse lentils and drain. Melt ghee over medium heat. Sprinkle in spices and sauté one minute. Add onion and cook a few minutes until it softens. Stir in lentils until thoroughly coated. Add carrot, celery, kale and cook a moment. Turn heat to high and add vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then cover and turn heat to low.

Cook 20-25 minutes. Stir in Hingvastak, optionally. Ladle the quinoa into bowls and pour the soup over. Season with Amino Acids or Tamari to taste.


Even if you don’t join us for the One Day Detox, along with four weeks of Radiant You, I hope you will enjoy this wintery soup. Please let me know.


33 thoughts on “Detox Dal: Healing Lentil Soup

  1. Thank you! As I pondered what I would be making for dinner tonight…..These are precisely all the ingredients I have at home and have been wanting to cook with! haha

  2. Stephanie Weaver, the genius behind, wrote to say that at a recent event called Kale-A-Palooza kale growers talked about the research on kale. “One of the interesting things I learned,” she wrote, “was that ALL the potassium in the kale is in the stalks!”

    Potassium, is a key mineral for detoxification so keep the stalks if you like. I don’t because my husband wouldn’t eat it, and lentils already have plenty!

  3. Thank you Laura..I am making this yummy sounding Lentil Detox Soup today! I can hardly wait to hear more about your Radiant You Ageless Beauty course coming soon.

  4. I’m halfway through my Yoga teaching certification program and we just covered Ayurveda last weekend. So fascinating! I am definitely going to explore Ayurvedic recipes…so tasty!

    I’m giving this lentil soup a go tomorrow evening…can’t wait! Thanks for the recipe. : )

    1. How wonderful! Whose training? I Know a few wonderful teachers in Milwaukee. And as I am from Chicago, perhaps there will be a day soon when we can share some Yoga together.

    1. Tara, I am so glad you and your girls liked it. Makes me warm just thinking of you all enjoying a bowl of soup together. It is surprisingly good for breakfast, too. Thank you.

  5. James made this for us last night and not only did it make the house smell amazing but the kids loved it and so did we:) Thank you so much for the recipe.

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  7. Yummy! I’m looking for a good lentil soup so of course I come to my favorite food blog. Food: A Love Story. Now, as an ayurvedi, I rarely (if ever) eat leftovers anymore. But I have a situation where I’m in meetings all morning and need lunch ready for us around noon. Would this recipe work in the crockpot? Or, would it still be tasty to prepare this soup the day before? Then I could pop quinoa in the rice cooker that morning. Let me know if you have other ideas! (Lunch is for ayurvedically-savvy people of all constitutions, Vata stage of life mainly.) Thank you for all your cooking/doing/loving!

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