Roasted Cauliflower & Lentil Coconut Soup

by Kiran on January 30, 2015 · 34 comments

in Roasting, Sides, Soups

Hi friends!

I’ve been struggling with a dilemma for a very long time now. I know many of you have humbly requested me to do some posts on food photography & styling. And these requests have been read over many years now.

So why have I yet to hit the publish button on these topics?

Roasted Cauliflower & Lentil Coconut Soup | @KiranTarun
Simple. Because I am finding it difficult to translate what I do and how I do it, in words. Let me assure you that your requests are not being ignored. I’m just having a hard time trying to put it all in words.

I’d much rather do a food styling workshop and share with you all how I do it. In no way I am an expert. But food styling is similar to an art. It’s pretty tricky to explain a whole artistic process in words.

Just to clarify, I’m no artist either.

Roasted Cauliflower & Lentil Coconut Soup | @KiranTarun
So what am I proposing? A food styling workshop! I’m just throwing some ideas around and would love your input for this workshop. Such as, what type of workshop would you prefer (online, on location etc..?) As I am still trying to iron out the details, logistics etc, I’d appreciate it if you can hold my hands and guide me.

Because it’s freaking me out 😀 In the midst of all these “freaking out” episodes, I made soup and so far, it has soothe me.

Roasted Cauliflower & Lentil Coconut Soup | @KiranTarun

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Serves 4


  • 1 small head of cauliflower (about 4.5 cups of florets)
  • 4 tbps coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp toasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 cup cooked split yellow lentils
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 + 1/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 cups vegetable broth, organic & low sodium
  • salt to taste
  • garnish: crispy spiced cauliflower florets, watercress, sliced radish & coconut cream.


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line two baking sheets with foil. Set aside.
  2. In a huge bowl, add all ingredients up to garam masala. Toss to combine. Evenly spread spiced cauliflower florets between two baking sheet. Roast in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  3. Add the rest of ingredients (except garnish) into a blender. Throw in cooled roasted cauliflower into the blender and blend soup until smooth. Check for seasonings and add salt, if necessary.
  4. Return soup into a large saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer before serving, topped with garnish.


Roasted Cauliflower & Lentil Coconut Soup | @KiranTarun
Have a great weekend, my friends! I can’t wait to read your suggestions in my quest to try and share everything I know about food styling. Trust me, I’m still learning myself 🙂

What’s your take on food styling workshop?


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1 Rosa January 30, 2015 at 11:30 AM

So comforting and flavourful! The kind of soup one wants to eat when it’s cold outside and snowing.



2 Kiran February 3, 2015 at 10:22 PM

Thanks Rosa! It surely warms me up 🙂

3 Angie@Angie's Recipes January 30, 2015 at 11:36 AM

The soup looks indeed very soothing and delicious. I love your food styling, photo composition and props! Maybe a couple of videos on lighting and food styling how-tos?
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4 Kiran February 3, 2015 at 10:23 PM

Thanks Angie! Videos sounds like a great idea 🙂

5 anu January 30, 2015 at 1:16 PM

wow awesome soup and a nice combo….

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6 Kiran February 3, 2015 at 10:23 PM

Thanks Anu 🙂

7 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You January 30, 2015 at 2:02 PM

The soup looks delicious and the food styling is gorgeous as always!!! Coconut is the bomb — it is great both in savory and sweet dishes.
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8 Kiran February 3, 2015 at 10:26 PM

Denise — thank you so much, sweetie 🙂

9 Ash-foodfashionparty January 30, 2015 at 3:22 PM

You are quite humble. Your food photography is amazing and your styling is absolute perfection. I would definitely love to listen, learn and get tips from you.
This soup is beyond perfection.

10 Kiran February 3, 2015 at 10:28 PM

Thanks so much, Ash! I’ve got to figure out which is the most viable way to share and learn, in the process 🙂

11 Alice January 30, 2015 at 9:23 PM

Hi Kiran, a beautiful recipe as always and one (I’ve no doubt) delicious/healthy as can be. Good luck with your next venture, it sounds to be a super busy & productive time for you!
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12 Kiran February 3, 2015 at 10:35 PM

Hi Alice — thank you so much! I still need to figure this out 🙂

13 Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 30, 2015 at 11:16 PM

Yes, please do a styling workshop! And I love the idea of online so that I can benefit from your tips ;). I love roasted cauliflower, this soup looks so good!
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14 Kiran February 3, 2015 at 10:36 PM

Thanks for the feedback, Laura! Your styling is impeccable and I’d love a few tips too 🙂

15 Monet January 30, 2015 at 11:49 PM

A workshop would be so much fun 🙂 This soup looks so beautiful too!

16 Kiran February 3, 2015 at 10:39 PM

Yay, thanks Monet 🙂

17 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 31, 2015 at 2:35 AM

Great idea! I think you can never stop learning about things and I’m sure you’ve got lots of great tips and tricks 😀
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18 Kiran February 3, 2015 at 10:43 PM

Lorraine — lol, thanks but I need to learn as well. So, a workshop would be a great medium for exchange of knowledge 🙂

19 Rebecca@Figs and Pigs January 31, 2015 at 4:52 AM

Thanks for stopping by I’m really glad you did because now I’ve found your wonderful blog. This soup looks amazing and your photography is just beautiful i can see why people have asked you to share your knowledge.

20 Kiran February 3, 2015 at 10:44 PM

Welcome & thanks so much, Rebecca! You have a beautiful blog — the perfect reason for me to drop in 🙂

21 Medha @ Whisk & Shout January 31, 2015 at 10:39 AM

I totally love roasted cauliflower! This soup looks very comforting and delicious 🙂
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22 Kiran February 3, 2015 at 10:46 PM

Glad you do, thanks Medha 🙂

23 Choc Chip Uru January 31, 2015 at 3:14 PM

Roasted cauliflower is delicious in dips, in sabji, in everything! I look forward to trying it in your lovely soup 😀

Choc Chip Uru
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24 Kiran February 8, 2015 at 10:19 PM

Thanks Uru! I love it too, in everything 😀

25 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ February 2, 2015 at 3:23 AM

If you could organize a workshop online you would reach a wider audience (I would be in!). Are you interested in that or would you rather start with a smaller class? Would you ask for a participation fee or what? This sounds exciting but also very challenging!

26 Kiran February 8, 2015 at 10:19 PM

Thanks Daniela — the online workshop idea sounds great! I’m still working out the logistics and would definitely need more input from you and everyone 🙂

27 Joanne February 2, 2015 at 7:58 AM

Your photos are always gorgeous and so inspirational!! I think a podcast of sorts or some kind of video would be cool!!

It is cold and rainy here today and I could use a HUGE bowl of this.
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28 Kiran February 8, 2015 at 10:20 PM

Thanks for the input, Joanne! Soups are definitely comforting when its chilly out there 🙂

29 Raymund February 2, 2015 at 1:56 PM

That soup looks amazing, i bet the roasting process gives it a deeper bolder sweet flavour
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30 Kiran February 8, 2015 at 10:21 PM

Totally! Thanks Raymund 🙂

31 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings February 9, 2015 at 9:31 AM

How about a travel & styling workshop? Maybe in India – LOL! Just dreaming…but who says we can’t dream??? Speaking of dreams, this soup is absolutely dreamy! So vibrant and luscious in colour and flavour! I want in!
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32 Doug February 24, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Thanks for the recipe – I love soups that incorporate coconut milk and some of the “curry” spices.
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