curried lentil & dumpling stew
We spent our entire saturday morning in 3 carpet/wood flooring superstores and it was sooooo bad. Bad because I hate these places at the best of times, bad because I feel I should take a greater interest and enthusiasm for the flooring that goes down in our home (especially considering the financial outlay) and bad bad bad because we just couldn’t make a choice – oh golly! Instead we left with several quotes and unfinished business but I’m never going back there, no way. I really do want some nice flooring but it’s the time (it’s a lot) and effort that goes into choosing whilst getting caught up in the maze of DIY-ers frantically filling their trolleys like they know exactly what they’re doing. I guess I just need to be one of those people, someone who loves everything DIY, but I’m not. I’m the person who likes the nice house but without ever entering a huge superstore, I’m more than happy to choose online, at home and in comfort! The thing is you just can’t choose flooring online, it just doesn’t feel right….oh I know, first world problems hey!

lentil dumpling stew

Anyway, it’s food like this that gets me through car crash mornings such as hanging out in DIY stores in a confused state!! A real good, homely, comforting, major silly healthy lentil stew with the best dumplings ever. Oh yes.

curried lentil & dumpling stew

I’m gonna put myself out there now and say this is probably one of my favourite meals just for how wonderfully feel good and delicious it is. This is a complete meal in itself with plenty of protein and four servings of veggies served with grain and dairy free dumplings. I just gotta say these dumplings are better than those dumplings you used to love… know the ones and with healing onion, garlic, chili, ginger and turmeric this stew is sure to warm and nourish you all winter long….spring and summer too.

Right, time to call the DIY superstore and finally make that decision!

curried lentil & dumpling stew

Curried lentil soup with carrot + coriander dumplings

(serves 2)

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
small piece of ginger, chopped finely
2 sticks celery, chopped finely
2 large carrots, chopped into small pieces
1 cup red lentils
4 cups vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon each of cumin, coriander, turmeric + cinnamon
1 heaped teaspoon curry powder
2 handfuls greens, shredded
chili + coriander for dressing

1 cup chick pea (gram) flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 small carrot, grated
1 tablespoon coriander, chopped
2 tablespoons soya yoghurt
1/2 cup water


1. Heat the olive oil over a low heat + add the first 6 ingredients, stirring until softened + aromatic.
2. Add the lentils, broth, spices + greens, keep on a low heat for 15 minutes. You may need to add more water if it over thickens, or add a teaspoon corn flour if it needs thickening.
3. Whilst the soup is simmering make your dumplings by combining the flour, salt + baking powder. Once combined add the carrot, coriander, soya yoghurt + water to form a sticky cookie dough mixture.
4. Form 6 dumplings by hand or alternatively spoon the mixture directly into the soup. The balls should sit on top without sinking. Cover the pan + simmer for a further 15 minutes.
5. Serve dressed with chopped chili + coriander.

23 comments on “Curried Lentil Soup with Carrot + Coriander Dumplings (Gluten Free + Vegan)”

  1. SO intrigued by these dumplings. In my past life I loved those “other” dumplings too :). I don’t have easy access to nondairy yogurt, though – do you have any ideas for what to substitute?

  2. Mmmm, this looks so yummy! I don’t know when the last time I had dumplings was. Chickpea flour is so versatile isn’t it?! I can’t imagine being without it these days.

  3. Hi there, a couple of quick questions about the recipe!
    What are the “greens” that you add in to the soup – kale, spinach, chard?
    You put the red lentils in dry right?
    That’s all! Thanks

    • Hi Erin! Thanks for dropping by! I used dried red lentils and spinach in this instance but the recipe really is very adaptable so canned lentils and any greens such as kale / chard would be great too 😉 thanks, Charlotte

  4. Hi, i made this tonight and it was delicious! I didn’t have any soya yoghurt so just left it out and the dumplings still worked great. Thanks, will definitely be making this again

    • Hi Faye, so glad you enjoyed the stew and it’s great to know the dumplings still work well without the yoghurt! Thanks for the comment and hope you stick around for more recipes 🙂

  5. I made the dumplings to jazz up pumpkin/spinach soup I was heating up – worked perfectly, absolutely marvellous, thank-you! Very tasty, and filling. (P.S. I know this is a vegan website, so I hope you don’t mind me saying, but as I didn’t have any soy yoghurt (it was very spur-of-the-moment cooking) I used cream, and as I said, worked perfectly).

    • Hello! So glad you enjoyed the dumplings and were able to adapt according to ingredients available 😉 thanks, Charlotte

  6. I have been looking for an easy and delicious soup recipe and this is it! I made it tonight and it was AMAZING! Thank you! I also skipped the soya in the dumplings and they turned out great anyway! So happy I found this recipe.

  7. Great your site. When i view your article and view your site have good.I like your site.I have feel good in your content the best. Article have good on cyber world.Thank for sharing article.Thank your again.

  8. I made this soup today, I felt bad mooded, but After i ate this my mood brightened up.
    its just perfect, its healthy and warming and colourful.
    I added broccoli , which was also very delicious 🙂

  9. Whoa, this is delicious. I made it yesterday, and am making it again for a date who is coming over for dinner tonight. The one thing that I noticed was the portions though – when I made it, it ended up being enough for about 4 servings, which is cool. I want to try the dumplings with coconut flour.

    • Hey Reece! Thanks for stopping by, so glad you enjoyed this – yes it’s a feel-good big bowl of hearty deliciousness. Let us know how coconut flour dumplings go too…?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *