Lentil Soup with Coconut, Spinach & Lime


Lentil Soup with Coconut, Spinach & Lime

A soul-satisfying golden lentil soup with sweet potatoes, coconut, spinach & lime. This healthy sluggish cooker dish is easy and comfortable.

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Image shows ingredients for a sweet potato and lentil soup.

Image shows red lentils being rinsed under a faucet.

Moving in with a golden lentil soup dish that might not be the most holiday-appropriate (oopsy inspect this page if you require some Thanksgiving motivation). You understand what is suitable though? Nurturing yourself merely as the social engagements begin lining up and the to-do notes grow ever-longer. Even if you can separate yourself from a few of the pressures of the vacations, the basic environment can be high-strung. From late November till completion of the year, your focus and valuable time are stuck in a tug-of-war in between your finest objectives for calm and the seriously high needs of the season. Am I being significant or does anybody else feel in this manner at some time?

Toss some additional sugar, alcohol, the rather chaotic nature of joyful decoration (it’s charming however …), and a severe uptick in random costs on things the majority of us most likely do not require … and the grind of the vacations gets real so quickly.

I do not believe food can fix all of these issues, however perhaps sluggish cooking can? I primarily utilize my sluggish cooker for big batches of chickpeas, black beans and so on. If I’m doing a more “ended up item” sort of meal, I generally knock it on the high setting to get it done quicker. The important things about sluggish cookers though, whether you utilize the high or low setting, is that they are silently getting it done while you concentrate on other things. I understand that this isn’t breaking news, however a pointer may be practical!

This golden lentil soup is rather comparable to the root veggie dal from my book, however with a substantial coconut, lime, and spinach twist (and certainly the sluggish cooker twist). Another distinction: the lentils appear to keep their shape in this dish, in spite of the long cooking time.

I run a sweet potato and onion through a box grater here so that the wispy shreds gradually melt around the lentils, ultimately forming the body of the soup. When you determine up your spices and get a couple of kitchen staples, this soup is basically in the bag. It’s a huge batch that will feed you well for a while. If you enjoy this flavour mix, I wager you’ll like my ginger sweet potato stew with coconut milk and kale.

All my sluggish cooker fans, hope you attempt this one!

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Image shows a can of coconut. Milk being poured into a slow cooker insert, along with other soup ingredients.

An overhead shot of an orange sweet potato and lentil soup in a slow cooker.

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An 3/4 angle shot of bowls of a deep orange lentil soup with spinach, along with bread served on the side.

Golden Lentil Soup with Sugary Food Potatoes, Coconut Milk & Lime

A soul-satisfying golden lentil soup with sweet potatoes, coconut, spinach & lime. This healthy sluggish cooker dish is easy and comfortable.

PREPARATION TIME 20 minutes COOK TIME 4 hrs OVERALL TIME 4 hrs 20 minutes

Course Main Dish, Soup Diet Plan Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Servings: 6

Author: Laura Wright


  • Slow Cooker


  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled (my own was around 375 grams)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled
  • 1 1/2 cups split red lentils
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 inches fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 14.5 ounce 428 ml can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 ounce 428 ml can light coconut milk
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black mustard seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2-3 dried curry leaves (optional)
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups securely loaded child spinach (or more if you like!)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • sea salt, to taste
  • sliced cilantro


  • Set a box grater over/inside your sluggish cooker insert. Grate the sweet potato straight into the insert. Grate the yellow onion straight into the insert also.
  • Wash the red lentils completely, till they stop lathering up in the strainer. Shake the excess wetness off and move them to your sluggish cooker insert.
  • To the insert, include the garlic, ginger, crushed tomatoes, coconut milk, water, turmeric, cayenne, mustard seeds, cumin, curry leaves, and black pepper. Provide everything an excellent stir. In all sincerity it’s going to look sort of gross at this moment.
  • Location the insert into your sluggish cooker system, lock the cover on top, and set the cooker to “high.” Let the soup cook for 4 hours.
  • Once the 4 hours are up, thoroughly get rid of the cover and stir the soup up a bit. Include the spinach, lime juice, and enough salt to season to your taste. Stir the soup one more time and lock the cover back on. Keep the soup going on the “high” setting till the spinach is wilted.
  • Serve the golden lentil soup hot with sliced cilantro.


  • I just include the salt at the very end since I’m paranoid about including it early and the lentils ending up being difficult as an outcome.
  • This dish is naturally oil-free, however I stirred a little coconut oil into the cooker at the end for that lavish, fatty slick up top. Not needed though!
  • Grating sweet potatoes makes a big mess, so I actually do suggest doing it best within the sluggish cooker’s insert to keep it neat.
  • I dropped a thick dollop of coconut milk yogurt on top of our portions and it was incredible. Extremely suggest it!
  • I believe you might swing this on the “low” setting for 7-8 hours. Something to bear in mind is that spices tend to lose their power once you enter the 6-8 hour timeline. Taste and change if requirement be!

Program Conceal 44 remarks

  • Alice

    I do not have a sluggish cooker … today I actually desire one. If just I can discover the area for it.:-RRB-

    The soup looks so excellent & considerable full-course soups are my preferred thing. I do not prepare with lentils almost enough, however I like their taste so I require to get on it and make this. Reply

    • Laura

      They are seriously all big haha. I need to keep mine in my basement since my cooking area’s on the little side;-RRB-
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  • Katrina

    Such a soothing soup! I like the lime in there! Reply

  • Kylie M.

    Wow this lentil soup looks extraordinary!! Reply

  • Sarah|Well and Complete

    My Thanksgiving/Christmas in 2015 was sort of soft, so I’m thrilled to dive into all the vacation fluffery !! That being stated, I’m NOT down for all the sugar/snacks/heavy food that the vacations generally bring. My body’s been asking me to consume lighter recently, and it makes me feel more energetic when I’m not being “weighed down”. So soups, salads, and vegetable-heavy meals are the method I’m going this year!! Reply

  • Nandita

    Love the images of your cooking area racks and like this easy dish! Completely winter season friendly:-RRB- Reply

  • Nic

    Hi Laura … this looks so fantastic that i wish to attempt it TODAY!. Simply a fast concern on the level of garlic … do you believe it would affect excessive on the flavour if i lowered it down to, state, 2 cloves? 5 noises delicious however i am out in business tomorrow and question whether the consequences of the garlic might be excessive:RRB-
    Thanks a lot … Reply

    • Laura

      You might absolutely cut the garlic. This soup has enough going on flavour-wise to lower it!;-RRB-
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  • Liz K

    I’ve been having difficulty discovering routine old mustard seeds, are the black ones that various? Heading to entire foods today to see if they will have a much better choice than my typical supermarket. Reply

    • Laura

      The yellow ones will work simply great. The black ones tend to be a bit more pungent, however in the grand plan of this soup, I do not believe you would discover excessive of a difference.I seem like Whole Foods will absolutely have them however.
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  • Erin at Pure Banquet

    Seriously LOVE utilizing my sluggish cooker, and lentils, coconut milk and curry spices is among my preferred combinations. Can’t wait to attempt this dish! The shredded sweet potato is genius. Reply

  • Heather

    This looks so, so excellent! I’m going to offer it a shot today, do you have any basic recommendations for adjusting to make it on the range? Reply

  • Jessie Snyder

    You are so not the only one who feels in this manner, and I believe you explained the battle for balance completely. Actually wanting I had not handed out our sluggish cooker years back, however might require to attempt to treat it in my pressure cooker quickly;-RRB- we’ll see how it goes! Hugs Laura. Reply

  • Anna

    This looks AMAZING! However there needs to be away of doing it without a sluggish cooker?! Reply

    • Laura

      A couple of individuals messaged me on Instagram stating that they merely made the soup as-is on the stovetop! I’m thinking they brought whatever to a boil and let it simmer till whatever hurt and incorporated/smooth and velvety.
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  • Kara

    Hi ~ Can this be made without utilizing a sluggish cooker? I have one however would like to get in this in my stubborn belly tonight and I do not have the 4 hours to slow cook.

    Thanks! Reply

    • Laura

      So sorry for the late reaction! See my reply to Anna for this one;-RRB-
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  • Audra

    I have actually been searching for a hearty sluggish cooker dish, so thank you a lot for this. These flavourings are ideal for this time of years, and I like that it’s lentil-based. Soups do not usually fill me up, however this was nearly like a curry which is fantastic. Love whatever you create! Anticipating formulating a few of your dishes for the vacations:-RRB- Reply

  • Jill

    This looks tasty and can’t wait to put it in rotation for the winter season!
    Concerning your remark about not salting lentils at the start: here is a short article to check out that describes why you need to salt … Despite the fact that this has to do with french lentils I make certain it uses throughout the board with all lentils.
    He likewise has an excellent post about beans and the misconception about not salting cooking water. And in fact, it’s not the salt that will make a bean skin difficult however something acidic, like tomato:-RRB- Reply

  • chrissie

    I made this last night and it was definitely tasty! Thank you Reply

  • Aleisha

    This looks fantastic! I have actually been searching for some vegan sluggish cooker dishes and this absolutely fits the costs. The sluggish cooker is so wonderful for hectic households like mine however a great deal of the dishes that I see online consist of animal items so, like you, I primarily utilize mine for cooking beans. Please share more dishes like this!

    Likewise, can you share what brand name of coconut yogurt you utilize? Reply

    • Laura

      Hey There Aleisha!
      Thank you a lot. My preferred coconut yogurt brand name is Anita’s, which is just offered on the east coast in the United States today I believe. I make the odd journey over to New york city state and constantly make certain that I get it. So abundant, appetizing and tasty.
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  • Amanda|Whats cooking

    I simply made this and it was so excellent! I’m bringing it to Thanksgiving at my moms and dads. Thanks for the dish. I’ll absolutely be making this once again. It absolutely equals the tasty daal dish in your book! A lot goodness to select from. It likewise takes place to be lovely when it’s done. have an excellent weekend! Reply

  • Rachel

    Hey! This looks beyond fantastic. I can’t wait to attempt it. I was questioning if I could utilize routine brown lentils rather?
    Xoxo Reply

    • Laura

      You can! The brown lentils generally take longer to prepare, however because this is taking place in a sluggish cooker, time should not be a concern. The only distinction I’m concerned about is the general creaminess/unity of the soup. The split red lentils sort of break down in this soup and add to the velvety texture. The brown lentils are most likely to remain entire throughout the cooking procedure. Let me understand what it resembles if you attempt it!
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      • Rachel

        So I attempted it with the brown lentils andddd … it was AMAZING! I utilized complete fat coconut milk and prepared it for an hour longer so they didn’t remain entire. It was so so excellent. Thank you for this fantastic dish!

  • Jo

    Hey There Laura, I’m extremely pleased and grateful to have actually discovered your blog site. I’m going to make this soup and the supreme vegan treat board for our upcoming Christmas celebration. I do not have a sluggish cooker, however will utilize our Le Creuset casserole (made from cast iron and enamel) on a low heat in the oven. So ecstatic!! Reply

  • Sarah

    So thrilled to attempt this! We simply got our very first cleaning of snow here in little eastern IA. It’s ideal timing! Now. to simply discover the ideal loaf of bread to utilize as my “spoon.”:-RRB- Reply

  • Amy

    Put this soup on the supper menu today! I’m going to prepare it over night tonight- can’t wait to attempt it! Reply

  • Mary Citizen

    Simply attempted this dish today! It was actually tasty, however I would suggest cooking in veggie stock for some included taste. Actually excellent! Reply

  • Maura Leppo

    Love this! If you were motivated to establish more slow-cooker dishes it would SO valued. There simply aren’t lots of plant-based ones out there. Reply

  • Donna in Inwood

    I made this tonight and it’s tasty, however a bit too hot for me. I marvel none of the other remarks discussed it. I didn’t utilize the optional curry, simply the recommended half teaspoon of cayenne, and I’m sorry I did I need to have sufficed in half. The creaminess of the coconut milk nearly offsets it, however not rather. That stated, it’s a great mix of tastes. Likewise, it was difficult to discover black mustard seed. I most likely searched in 3 or 4 shops. Reply

  • Shana

    Hey There Laura,
    I’m eagerly anticipating attempting this sluggish cooker soup … I like making soups in the sluggish cooker on work days.
    I remain in the marketplace for a brand-new sluggish cooker, so I’m questioning if you have a preferred. I ‘d like to get one whose insert can be utilized both on the range, then into the sluggish cooker. The ones I have actually seen have a teflon lining, which is an offer breaker for me. Any recommendations?
    In peace, Shana Reply

    • Laura

      Hey There Shana,
      I have a really standard Crockpot design and it’s the just one I have actually ever utilized. My insert is not stove-safe sadly, so can not talk about that. May be finest to take a look at a few of the more sluggish cooker-focused food blog sites and see what they suggest.
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  • Patricia

    Recipes look fantastic. distressed to attempt some Reply

  • meshell

    I make this once again and once again, it’s exceptional. Thanks for such an excellent dish, it’s so flexible and versatile too.

    I have actually truthfully made this a lots times and even with a couple of minor additions or variations (carrots, potatos, paprika, and so on) it is simply fantastic. Reply

  • Tracee

    Simply made this tonight and definitely liked it! The only modification I made was to include an additional half a can of coconut milk I had in my refrigerator since I like the creaminess however it definitely does not require it. The tastes are fantastic and as an omnivore, I didn’t seem like I was missing out on anything. Even all my predator person pals liked it. This is my 3rd time making one of Laura’s dishes and I have actually never ever been dissatisfied. And as a bonus offer, it is likewise low-cost to make! Reply

  • Tory

    Have you ever frozen parts of this meal? I definitely like it, however I made a complete batch today when I actually need to have just made a half batch. I can’t see myself completing it and would dislike to squander this goodness! Reply

    • Laura

      This soup is absolutely freezable! It’s much better if you can leave the spinach and lime out prior to freezing though. Then you can simply stir them in as soon as you reheat parts of the soup. Beyond that though, the soup’s stability holds up to freezing simply great.
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  • Arica

    Wow. This soup is so simple and definitely exceptional. The tastes are on point. Feels velvety and indulgent while being healthy. Didn’t have the mustard seeds however it still came out so so excellent! Topped it with cashew yogurt and it was magnificent. Absolutely a keeper!!! Reply

  • Cécile

    5 stars
    This came together rapidly! I was brief on time and utilized the immediate pot rather on the soup setting. included spinach to serving bowls prior to ladling the soup on the top and letting the heat of the soup wilt the spinach. It came out fantastic Reply

    • Laura

      Thanks for this practical remark, Cécile! I understand there’s great deals of Immediate Pot users that check out here, and this idea will be so practical to them. Actually value it!
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  • gabrielle

    5 stars

  • Naheed

    I made this today as a healthy vegetable meal option. It looks fantastic and taste fantastic!! Love it. The lime juice makes it all come together. I didn’t have any light coconut so needed to go for the thick velvety variation. I had not become aware of crushed tomatoes in UK so chose tin of sliced which was great. This will be a routine in my home. Reply

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