Vegan Curried Lentil & Millet Soup

I have an absolutely stinking cold this weekend, my brother told me that this is the result of me having worked in a ‘proper job’ for 3 weeks. It’s true, I have managed to pick up the office lurgy that has been doing the rounds and I’m sat here on the sofa surrounded by tissues with a hot honey, lemon and ginger at my side trying not to feel too sorry for myself. I could be a lot worse, it is only a cold after all and not the flu. It’s just annoying.


Vegan curried lentil and millet soup


Soup is always comforting when I have a cold, and I’ve packed this hearty vegan soup with spices to try and help speed up my recovery time. I was sent the millet from Dove’s Farm a little while ago along with a selection of other gluten free grains and flours which I reviewed recently. I found that it keeps it’s shape in soup and provides a slightly nutty flavour which I really liked. The lentils break down and make the soup satisfyingly thick even without blending which is just as well because I’m currently without a blender. Though once that first pay day arrives, I’ll be treating myself to a snazzy new one.


Vegan Curried Lentil & Millet Soup
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Hearty, filling and warming winter soup.
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ - ½ tsp hot chilli powder, depending on taste
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1cm dice
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 100g red lentils
  • 75g millet
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Toast the coriander and cumin seeds together in a small dry frying pan and then grind together in a pestle and mortar. Add the turmeric, ginger and chilli and mix with the ground seeds and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and fry the onions for 5 minutes until softened then add the garlic and fry for a further 2 minutes. Next add the spices, stir well and fry for 1-2 minutes then add the diced carrot and cook for a minute.
  3. Pour over the stock, add the lentils and millet and stir well. Add the cinnamon stick and bay leaves then season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until the millet is tender. Stir occasionally whilst simmering to prevent the lentils sticking on the bottom.


I’m linking up with the following blog challenges. Credit Crunch Munch as lentils are super cheap, this is run by Helen and Camilla and this month hosted by Elizabeth. Extra Veg as the carrots count as an extra portion, this is run by Helen and Michelle and this month is hosted by Kerry. No Croutons Required run by Jac (this month’s host) and Lisa. Super Soup run by Jo and finally into Emily’s Recipe of the Week.


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  • Ola Lifetalks
    February 22, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    This looks lovely, I hope it helps with your cold and am currently drinking lemon and ginger tea myself. Am big on trying out vegan food, so maybe one day i’ll give this a go.

    • Jen
      February 23, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks. I enjoy experimenting with vegan cooking too. Good to see another lemon and ginger fan 🙂

  • Janice
    February 22, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Sounds ideal Jen. Hope you feel better soon.
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    • Jen
      February 23, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks Janice, not as bad today, must be the healing powers of soup 🙂

  • Anne
    February 22, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    You know, I’ve been eating lentil soup all winter, and for some reason have not made a curry version yet. That looks great – I have to get on that!
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    • Jen
      February 23, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      I think lentils work really well with Indian spices.

  • Lilinha Espindula
    February 22, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    I’m really into soups at the moment and love lentils, so should be trying your recipe! x
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    • Jen
      February 23, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      Thanks, lentils really help make a soup a bit more substantial especially in winter.

  • Camilla
    February 23, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Love all the spices here Jen. Think I could do with some of this as my lurgy seems to be slowly taking hold and getting wet and frozen yesterday didn’t really help! Note to self look at the weather forecast before you go out! Thanks for entering #CreditCrunchMunch with this tasty frugal soup:-)
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    • Jen
      February 23, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      I went out in the wind and the rain too yesterday, certainly didn’t help. Whether soup helps or not, at least it’s warming and tastes good 🙂

  • Keep Calm and Fanny On
    February 23, 2015 at 8:36 am

    sounds like a fantastic cold-buster, hope it works!
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    • Jen
      February 23, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      I think it’s helped a little bit!

  • Kavey
    February 23, 2015 at 8:43 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever cooked millet! That’s an oversight isn’t it?!
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    • Jen
      February 23, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      Well to be fair I’d not tried millet until I was sent the review samples recently, will have to do more with it now I’ve tried it.

  • Anita-Clare Field
    February 23, 2015 at 9:08 am

    How wonderful, I am sadly the only lentil lover in this household but I will make myself a huge batch and make sure that the rest of my family fully appreciate what they are missing. It looks heavenly 🙂
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    • Jen
      February 23, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      Lentils need more love! I’m the only fan here though the Mr will eat them grudgingly if they’re well disguised.

  • Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    February 23, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Ahhh, new jobs always bring new batches of lurgy! Hope you feel better soon! This soup looks like just the ticket 🙂
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    • Jen
      February 23, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Thanks Becca, soup for lunch at work today definitely helped a bit!

  • kellie@foodtoglow
    February 24, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Thanks for the reminder to dig out my pack of millet and do something like this gorgeous soup. I tend to go for quinoa instead, but millet is fantastic for texture, and is so versatile. Lovely recipe, Jen. 🙂
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    • Jen
      March 1, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      I really liked using millet for a change, I quite often tend to add barley to soups like this.

  • Kerry at Kerry Cooks
    February 25, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Ugh working in an office is so bad for picking up bugs! Especially if some of your workmates have babies or toddlers. I’m hoping this soup is helping you to feel better!
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    • Jen
      March 1, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      The lurgy definitely travelled around the office, hopefully everyone will be healthy again soon!

  • Laura@howtocookgoodfood
    February 25, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Hope this soup did the trick for you and I think I need to try some millet for myself!

    • Jen
      March 1, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      I think it definitely helped 🙂

  • Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet
    February 26, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Loving the new look of your blog! Nothing like a proper bowl of soup to clear up a cold. Hope you’re better by now.

    • Jen
      March 1, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      Thanks Michelle, almost better now 🙂

  • All That I'm Eating
    February 27, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I love lentils, especially curried and particularly in soup form so this is one for me!
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    • Jen
      March 1, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      I’m a big lentil fan too, sadly the OH isn’t quite so keen though!

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  • Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours
    February 28, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    You know I have not actually had a cold since I started working form home – which admittedly coincided with the start of my green smoothie habit.

    I love millet – but it took me ages to track some down recently. Maybe I need a bigger supermarket!
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    • Jen
      March 1, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      I had fewer colds when I was working at home on the thesis, now I’m back in the real world I seem to have found the germs. Maybe I should I start a smoothie habit too..?

  • Elizabeth
    February 28, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    What a perfect recipe for the cold! I love spicy soups and often add quinoa to them, but I’ve never thought about adding millet! It looks fantastic! Hope you are feeling better now.
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    • Jen
      March 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      Quinoa is a good idea for soups, will try that next time. Almost better now thanks though I seem to have shared the cold with the OH, hope he doesn’t give it back to me!

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  • Monica Shaw
    March 2, 2015 at 9:36 am

    I’m only just starting to get the hang of millet… been making millet risotto which I love but I do find it tricky to get the texture right. Soup is a great idea – and I love lentils. Will definitely be trying this.

  • Emily Leary
    March 4, 2015 at 10:07 am

    This looks really tasty. I have a load of millet in the cupboard as I was planning a recipe test – will add this recipe to our meal plan!
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  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    March 8, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Sounds delicious. I have been eating a lot of lentils recently – they are a great source of protein and really cheap too!
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    • Jen
      March 9, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      Lentils are great, I bought loads in the Asian aisle at Tesco ages ago as they were so much cheaper, gradually working through them!

  • Angela
    May 11, 2015 at 9:20 am

    I hadn’t thought of putting millet in my soups, that’s a great idea.
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  • Mandy
    May 13, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    I’ve eaten a lot of lentil soups in my time but never one with millet – definitely something to try. Love the idea.
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