Festive Dal Soup

Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 60 minutes


This soup is a beautiful red and green color and it is so delicious and easy to make that it has become a lunchtime favorite in our home.


  • 3 1/4 cups water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger, grated
  • 3/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Sambal chili paste
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped


Place 1/4 cup of the water in a large soup pot. Add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes, until softened. Add the ginger, paprika, cumin and several twists of freshly ground pepper. Mix in well, then add the remaining water, the lentils, garbanzos and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 50 minutes, until lentils are tender. Add lemon juice, chili paste and spinach. Cook for an additional 5 minutes. Season with a bit of sea salt, if desired. Serve hot.