Coconut Ginger Dal

If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, or if you just want an extra healing, nourishing meal for your body and spirit, this gently spiced Indian lentil soup is for you.

You can use any kind of greens that you like best.

Coconut ginger dal freezes very well too.


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 Tbsp ginger
  • 2 cups red lentils, rinsed
  • 6 cups water
  • 5 medium potatoes, diced
  • 2 carrots/parsnips/turnips, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 14 oz can coconut milk
  • Rainbow chard, kale, cabbage, or your favorite greens, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes until it starts to get soft, stirring frequently. Then add the curry powder and ginger, and mix to thoroughly coat the onions.

Once that’s all nicely combined, add the lentils (rinsed and drained) to the pot and stir briefly to cover the lentils with the onion and spices.

Add the water, potatoes, carrots, and celery next, with some salt and pepper. Cover the pot and let it simmer for 1/2 an hour until the lentils and veggies are soft.

Then add the tomato paste, raisins, coconut milk, and greens. Mix well.

With the cover removed, simmer for 10 more minutes over medium low heat. You want the dal to be a nice thick soup, not watery at all.

Taste for salt and spices, adjust as needed, and serve hot. Store any leftovers in the fridge or freezer. We like to freeze lunch portions in individual containers so they’re easy to grab from the freezer for school or work. Enjoy your coconut ginger dal, and feel better soon! 🙂


If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life the aching,

Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.

– Emily Dickinson

May we all have opportunities to ease the suffering of another today. Maybe with this soup!

Chef Maitri Carmichael brings a creative and peaceful energy to every plate. She grew up in Toronto with a British Grandma and an Italian Nonna who showed their love through food, then she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years, spending her free time at community farms and zen kitchens. Originally a scientist and biotech entrepreneur, she graduated from the Vegan Chef School in London (2021) and the Raw Food Culinary Academy in Vancouver (2023), and is now settled in Hawaii.

5 responses to “Coconut Ginger Dal”

  1. Sybaritica Avatar

    Looks really hearty!

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  4. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    My husband actually started swearing because this soup was so good. 🙂

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