I love anything to do with Indian spices, and I usually throw something like this together when I have random items of food in my fridge and pantry. The results always surprise me, more often than when I meticulously plan a recipe. So feel free to add or remove anything to this recipe to make it yours!


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

  • 2 carrots, sliced

  • 3 celery spears, sliced down the middle and then chopped

  • 2 green onions, sliced

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp ginger

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • ​1 tsp curry

  • 1 tsp turmeric

  • 1 tsp coconut sugar

  • 1 C dried red lentils (washed)

  • 2-3 cups of vegetable stock

  • 2 fresh tomatoes, de-seeded and diced

  • zest and juice of 1 lime

  • 1 chili, sliced into rounds (if too spicy, remove seeds)

  • Handful of basil, chopped

  • Roasted garbanzo beans

  • Drizzle of coconut milk


  1. Heat olive oil in a large stock pot and add garlic and green peppers. Cook 2 minutes, until soft and fragrant.

  2. Add celery and carrots to the pot and cook until soft, approximately 5 min.

  3. Add the spices and cook 2 minutes.

  4. Add the lentils and stock. Stir to combine. Then add the tomatoes, lime, and chili pepper. Cook for 30 minutes until the lentils are soft.

  5. Adjust seasonings and let simmer for another 15 minutes.

  6. Serve with basil, garbanzo beans, and a drizzle of coconut milk.

Becky Bayda
Becky is completing her education towards Holistic Nutrition and is focusing her research on mental health and sports. She uses her blog to help share her vision and knowledge, which focuses on restoring balance and empowering people through wholesome living.