Roasted Carrot, Turnip & Red Lentil Soup

by Kiran on February 19, 2013 · 62 comments

in Sides, Soups, Vegetarian

Hello friends 🙂

Since the past week has been all about “love is in the air”, let’s focus on “other” loves of our life.

Mine would begin with movies. I love action movies — big time!

And I can’t live without “Die Hard”. Ever.

I could sit through a rerun — continuously. Call me crazy, but watching John McClane in action with “special effects” that looks almost surreal, makes my day.

Any day.

And then there’s the “thriller” genre. There’s something about “problem solving” action movies that instantaneously piques my curiosity to sit through the whole movie — trying my level best to piece in each puzzle.

No wonder we couldn’t fathom the idea of not watching the latest Die Hard flick. We left the theater with a rush of adrenaline for sure.

And that’s a good sign of a great movie! An instant gratification.

Can’t say the same thing about the weather, lately.

Soups on.

Especially in a State where the temperatures are forcing us to bundle up in socks and sweaters.

Or is it because it’s so darn simple to make and comforting?

Yet another reason why I can’t fathom the idea of soups derived from a can or container.

Really. I can’t.


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  • 4 carrots, peeled & chopped
  • 4 turnip roots, peeled & chopped
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup red lentils, rinsed and soaked for 15 minutes
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3.5 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add chopped carrots, turnip roots, fresh thyme, 1 tbsp olive oil, salt & black pepper. Toss and roast for 20 minutes.
  3. Meantime, heat a large saucepan on medium. Once heated, add 1 tbsp olive oil with minced shallots and coriander seeds. Cook for a minute.
  4. Add chopped ginger and garlic. Fry until fragrant before adding rinsed red lentils.
  5. Sprinkle in some red pepper flakes and add 3.5 cups of low sodium vegetable broth with roasted vegetables.
  6. Check for seasoning and add salt if needed.
  7. Gently simmer (covered) for 20 minutes or until lentils softens.
  8. Transfer everything into a blender and puree soup until smooth.
  9. Serve hot with a drizzle of olive oil, cracked black pepper and crusty bread on the side.



Whether you love a good comedy, all out action, thriller, romantic, scary, chick-flick movie — there’s nothing to stop you from enjoying a bowl of soup in between.

What’s your favorite all-time movie? Or genre? Don’t worry, I promise not to criticize 😉


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1 Rosa February 19, 2013 at 2:31 PM

A delightful soup! This a wonderful combination.

that blue mug is so pretty!




2 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 2:59 AM

Rosa — thank you! The mug is from Anthropologie 🙂


3 Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 19, 2013 at 2:43 PM

I love roasted carrots, what a scrumptious soup!
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4 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Laura — thanks my dear 🙂


5 Liren February 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

I’m more of a romantic comedy kinda girl, but I am so with to on the soup! I sometimes go through such a soup spree that my husband has to remind me that its time to cook something else. This is one gorgeous soup, Kiran. Beautifully photographed!


6 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 3:03 AM

Liren — I dig romantic comedy occasionally as well. It’s required especially when I want to have a good giggle with my girlfriends 🙂

I’m into a long soup “rut” and just can’t seem to get out. I’m blaming it on the weather. Argh!


7 Kitchen Belleicious February 19, 2013 at 3:52 PM

what a fun and beautiful looking soup. I know it tastes even better than it looks!
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8 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 3:08 AM

Jessica — Girl, thanks for keeping up with me while I’m super busy traveling. Hoping you and the little one has well adjusted 🙂 xoxo


9 Le Grumeau February 19, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Lovely mugs. This is perfect for these hard winter times. Thanks for the recipe.
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10 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 3:12 AM

Le Grumeau — thanks for dropping by. And I love your website. Very nifty 🙂


11 amy @ fearless homemaker February 19, 2013 at 9:30 PM

What a lovely-looking soup! And I couldn’t agree about thrilled-type movies. They are my absolute favorites!
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12 amy @ fearless homemaker February 19, 2013 at 9:32 PM

sorry, what i meant to write was “i couldn’t agree more about thriller-type movies.” jeez, I really messed that sentence up! =)
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13 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 3:14 AM

Amy — you are too cute, you know that 🙂


14 ashley - baker by nature February 19, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Your photos are stunning, darling! And I’m SO with you on action movies – it’s love!
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15 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 4:33 AM

Ashley — thanks my dear 🙂


16 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) February 19, 2013 at 10:17 PM

My husband loves actions movies (LOVES) and I love drama / documentaries. Needles to say, it’s always an exercise in compromise when we are picking a movie to watch lol! Beautiful soup Kiran 🙂
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17 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 6:29 AM

Alyssa — it’s the same here. Thankfully at least when it comes to action adventure, I’m all game for it too 🙂


18 Ameena February 19, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Looks delicious…I hope that you are having a great time here in LA! Despite the chilly weather today.


19 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Ameena — thanks love. It’s chilly here everyday, but not as bad as where the true action lies. It’s amazing how spring is just flying by without a trace. So unfortunate.

Hope to meet before I leave, sometime end of this week I’m afraid.


20 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb February 20, 2013 at 1:01 AM

I think so you are one of the first girls that I meet who likes action movies Kiran. ^.^ What glorious warming soup and such a pretty orange shade! Thank you for sharing, I ll treasure the recipe.


21 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 6:42 AM

Helene — lol, I hope I’m not the only one 😀


22 Charul Ajmera February 20, 2013 at 4:03 AM

My other love in life revolves around TV, series, movies, songs, MTV, TLC you name it and I can watch it!
Loved the pics as usual, and those mugs are really beautiful! 🙂
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23 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 6:46 AM

Charul — Lol, that’s my “other” love too 🙂


24 Mallika February 20, 2013 at 5:23 AM

Lovely roasted carrot and turnip lentil soup. Beautiful!
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25 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 6:46 AM

Mallika — thank you!


26 Ina gawne February 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Yummm! I love soup any day…and this one sounds delicious and hearty!
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27 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 6:48 AM

Ina — thanks my friend 🙂


28 Sanjeeta kk February 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Stunningly beautiful…just amazing clicks, Kiran! Lentils and carrots in soup..yes please.
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29 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 6:49 AM

Sanjeeta — thank you so much my dear 🙂


30 chinmayie @ love food eat February 20, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Dreamy photos… love the colors, props and everything about them 🙂
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31 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 6:52 AM

Chinmayie — thanks dear 🙂


32 Lubna Karim February 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Wow…lovely pics…and I love thick soups and this one looks my type….those props are pretty….

Oh…you are back…..No I did not receive the book….
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33 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Lubna — thank you and I would get back to you on the status of the book, soon 🙂


34 Choc Chip Uru February 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM

You have me salivating my friend 🙂

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35 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 7:03 AM

CCU — lol, I’d take that as a great sign 🙂


36 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 20, 2013 at 3:10 PM

What a lovely soup! It looks so warm, comforting and hearty.


37 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 7:19 AM

Georgia — thanks dear 🙂


38 Lail | With A Spin February 20, 2013 at 3:55 PM

I’m fan of action movies too. Love that blue mug of yours.

Thank you for stopping by my blog.
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39 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Lail — thanks a lot!


40 dixya @ food, pleasure, and health February 20, 2013 at 4:44 PM

i am not much of a movie person but enjoy occasional romantic comedy or ones based on true story. on a different note- this soup looks so good. I have been relying on canned soup lately due to this everlasting cold 🙁
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41 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Dixya — I hope it’s sunnier soon at your end .. xo


42 Carolyn Chan February 20, 2013 at 7:03 PM

I LOVE DIE HARD TOO !!! It’s cheesy and predictable but who cares ???

And I also love soups – yummy !
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43 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Carolyn — hahaha, you made my day!!! 😀


44 Juliana February 20, 2013 at 7:03 PM

What a beautiful combination of flavors in this soup…and I love the creaminess of it.
Hope you are enjoying your week Kiran 🙂


45 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Juliana — thank you and I hope the same for you 🙂


46 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 20, 2013 at 11:52 PM

I’m afraid I’m pretty boring when it comes to movie choices, most of what I watch are documentaries on food and health. Shocker eh…
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47 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Sylvie — Not a shocker. In fact, I love those genre’s myself 🙂


48 Honey What's Cooking February 21, 2013 at 12:10 AM

You take the most gorgeous pictures Kiran. Favorite genre- romantic comedy. All time favorite movies – Pretty Woman, Best Friend’s wedding, and I loveeeeeeeeed Bridesmates! LOL.
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49 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Honey — oh, thanks my friend. I’m still learning 🙂

I love Pretty Woman and My Best Friend’s wedding! Uber cheesy romantic!


50 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings February 22, 2013 at 8:26 AM

I am a sucker for romantic comedies! I’m still a teenager at heart <3. And to me, the John Hughes classics are what I grew up with, so I love Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sixteen Candles!!! Guess, I'm old…LOL!

By the way, sure, I'd LOVE to move to Florida!!! Hehehe. Sunshine all the time 🙂

And one more thing. I am a fan of Samantha Robinson porcelain! I collect all sorts of handmade porcelain and ceramics, not only for my blog, but also for personal use (my two girly girl daughters love them). I saw that on Samantha Robinson Porcelain's facebook page that you were trying to contact them to purchase. I see that you did! (Great choice of porcelain, by the way)! Could you let me know how I can order from them? How were you able to order? Thanks very much 🙂

I should say that I love the blue and orange in these photos! So enticing! A thing of beauty!
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51 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Jen — A rep from Samantha Robinson replied to my query. You’ll need to contact them via phone or email and they’ll be happy to ship the products. I am still deciding if I want to go ahead with a purchase. It’s so expensive 😉


52 Gourmantine February 22, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Your photos are just breathtaking, warms the soul up 🙂
Concerning the movies, I all genres, with the exception of horror I guess. One of my all time favorites would be Pan’s Labyrinth, Chocolat and about a dozen others 🙂
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53 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Gourmantine — thanks a lot my friend 🙂 Love the selection of movies. And I agree about the exception of horror.


54 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 22, 2013 at 10:25 AM

I’ve got carrot soup to post next week–I love seeing your version. It sounds divine!
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55 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Sommer — thanks a lot my friend! Looking forward to the carrot soup 🙂


56 Sophie February 25, 2013 at 10:23 AM

A very lovely & well flavoured soup, dear Kiran! 🙂 MMMM!
Beautifully presented too!


57 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Sophie — thank you so so much 🙂


58 Your Cookery Book February 26, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Soup is one of favorite recipe in my home, specially when it’s frizzing cold. Still cold here in UK, waiting for spring 🙂

Lovely pictures and must try soup recipe. I’ll make it some point soon 🙂

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59 Kiran February 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

YCB — thanks and hope the sun peaks out soon 🙂


60 Victoria January 6, 2016 at 1:40 PM

I just made this— I had an abundance of turnips and needed something warm and yummy. I roasted the turnips and carrots the night before (doubled the recipe) and served them as a side with dinner. Then today at lunch I used the rest for the soup. Seriously- it is “shut the front door” good. I pinned it and sent the recipe to several friends. This may be my next soup to be served in a “soup swap”!


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