Coconut & Red Lentil Soup

This delicious Red Lentil Coconut Soup is Winter comfort food at its best. It’s warming and nourishing and helps to ground and balance the body. 


  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely diced
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut in bite-size chunks
  • 20 baby tomatoes, halved
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of chili powder (or more if you like it spicy)
  • 1 tbsp yellow curry powder
  • 1 tsp coconut palm sugar
  • 4 cups of (gluten-free) vegetable stock
  • 250 ml coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • Himalaya salt to taste

Rinse the lentils thoroughly and cook for 30 minutes in a large pot. Skim of the foam during cooking. You can also add the lentils at step 4 but I prefer to cook them separately so you can do get the foam that usually comes with cooking beans in the dish.

In a large saucepan heat coconut oil and add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, followed by the carrots, ginger and garlic. Cook, while stirring, for another 2 minutes.

Add the chili powder, yellow curry powder and cinnamon and cook for 2 more minutes.  Add the baby tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes or until soft.

Add stock, coconut milk, lentils and coconut sugar and cook for 20 more minutes. When ready, use a hand-held blender to create a smooth texture.

Season with Himalaya salt an serve with a sprinkle of fresh lemon juice and fresh cilantro.

Sachi Doctor

Elemental Alchemy, 90 Rio Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611

Sachi Doctor is an Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health coach who founded Elemental Alchemy with the mission to provide a resource for those navigating their way towards optimal mind-body health.

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at a young age, Sachi has spent over twenty years exploring different health modalities, treatment plans, diets and mindfulness practices to help alleviate chronic pain and restore balance.

After years of looking to others for a model of health with no relief, Sachi realized that the answers she sought were not hidden in someone else’s prescription for wellness but unique to her, and that the first step towards discovery was actually tuning out what was right for others and tuning into herself.

As she tapped into the wisdom of her own body, she discovered that the elements foundational for health  — the blueprint she so fervently sought — was within her, within each of us. Since then Sachi has been passionate about helping others also cultivate clarity and inner wisdom for vibrant health.

In addition to her Ayurvedic and nutrition education, Sachi has completed over 800 hours of yoga teacher training and continues to study with her mother, her first yoga teacher, for whom these practices are a way of life.

Sachi is a board member of the Prison Yoga Project at San Quentin State Prison and serves as an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that raises funds within the US yoga community to support microcredit programs for women in India. She holds a Msc in Development from the London School of Economics.