tomato soup

Vindaloo Spiced Lentil & Tomato Soup

I’m a little heavy hearted right now.

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind (stresswind?) of interviewing, photographing, editing, and writing for various deadlines. Throw in a bit of traveling, some good wine nights with girlfriends, and the honest to god start of fall and, well, it sounds like a pretty awesome time that I’ve been away from the blog.

And it has been! And I can’t wait to write more about that soon!


And there’s always a but, right?


I just finished the last phone conversation I’ll have with my brother for at least a year. He’s shipping off to Afghanistan for a tour with his Air Force group (company? What do they call it in that branch?) and will hopefully return before the turn of 2014 into 2015…but you never know with these things.

I mean, it’s not so bad these days–there’s technology with all its Skype and email and data sharing services. There’s the fact that he’s not a combat soldier so hopefully there’s less of a chance of something irreversible occurring. And he’s loved, so dearly loved, by his family and wife and children and friends (and giant, fuzzy cat), so he’s not going out into this wider world alone. So there’s a lot to be thankful for. And I am.

But, still, I have that heavy heart.

And that, for me, means I need comfort–this old tartan blanket draped over my lap, a mug of rooibos chai, and a bowl of tomato soup with a spicy twist. It’s my goodbye soup to summer and hello soup for the coming seasons. A look-forward soup to a homecoming in less than a year.

Vindaloo Spiced Lentil & Tomato Soup

2 tsp olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbsp Vindaloo Seasoning
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
8 c chopped fresh tomatoes (or 2 32 oz cans diced tomatoes)
1.5 c red lentils
3 c vegetable broth
1 14 oz can coconut milk

In a large stockpot, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft, 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute, until fragrant. Add the vindaloo spice, salt, and pepper, stir to combine, and cook 30 seconds.

Add the tomatoes, lentils, and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the red lentils are soft, approximately 20 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour back into the stock pot and add the coconut milk, stirring to combine. Adjust seasoning as necessary.

Serves 8

6 Responses to “Vindaloo Spiced Lentil & Tomato Soup”
  1. I am so sorry to hear that your brother is shipping out. It has to be so hard to say goodbye, and it sounds like you let him know how much you’ll miss him!

  2. Monica says:

    Golly. I need to go to this soup. It’s perfect detox food, too. Good luck to you and your bro… I know how hard it is to be so far away from family.

  3. Eileen says:

    Aw, that is tough. But at least a nice hot hearty spicy soup can help! Hope you’re doing well & not going too crazy. :) (Just crazy enough, right?)

  4. Hannah says:

    This is one of those times when I wish I could just send a hug through the internet. There really aren’t words that can soothe that kind of heartache, but I can send warm wishes and positive energy to the both of you. Warm soup would help fill a more physical need though, so this recipe does sound spot-on. In fact, I could use a bowl of warm happiness myself right about now.

  5. Cassandra says:

    Thank you for this good-for-your soul soup recipe! I’ve had some red lentils that were looking for a purpose, and now they know what their purpose is! Can’t wait to try it. As it’s November, I’m going to use canned tomato, but will try the No Salt version first. Either NS or skip the sea salt….

  6. Chrissy says:

    I know I’m a month late with this comment (based on the title of the recipe, I was saving it to savor!) but I just wanted to say good luck to your brother and I hope he’s back soon. My brother-in-law has done a few tours oversees with the Air Force, and I know how off-kilter it can feel to know someone you love is so far away. <3

Leave A Comment

Pin It