Lentil-dill soup infused with Tomato Chunky Chutney

Who does not remember the feeling of a warm, hearty soup on a cold-winter day or the feeling of having something to eat when you are tired, but hate to cook/take-out the same ol’ boring food. During one of the recent rainy days in SoCal which is a rarity (May-June), it was beautiful to see nature @ her best and left me craving for new ideas. The foodie in me was tempted to make something hearty and rich in flavors/bold in taste. The outcome was almost a full meal but light enough to be called “supper”!

This lentil-dill soup is easy, healthy and overall, a delish combo with bread (I was thinking a sourdough bowl would have been handy and yummilicious). Infusing the chutney, cuts the prep time and adds a flavorful twist.



  • Use a lentil mix for soup from stores like Cost Plus (Bistro Style Lentil Soup Mix)



  • Dill – 1 cup  chopped
  • Onion – 1/2  onion, thinly sliced
  • Carrots – 1/2 cup diced
  • Tomato  –  1 full, diced
  • Turmeric – 1/2 tsp


  • Salt – to taste
  • Cilantro – to garnish
  • Lime –  To garnish


  • Zesteez’ Tomato Chunky Chutney –  about 1 1/2 jars to 2
  • Extra virgin olive oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard – 1/2 tsp

Optional proteins

  • While the lentils are one of the best sources of proteins, I have come across recipes using smoked sausages to garnish the soup. You can use your imagination to experiment and improvise this recipe.

Optional spices

  • Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp; Cayenne –  1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 5 or 6
  • Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp


  • Cook the lentils combo in the crockpot on LOW for ~2 hours (if using dried/soaked beans, they have to cook for 6-8 hrs)
  • Separately, heat oil in a non-stick pan; crackle mustard and add/saute the veggies
  • To this add turmeric and asafoetida (and optional spices)
  • Add the Tomato Chunky Chutney to the sauted veggies and give it a quick stir
  • Add the entire mixture to the crockpot mid-way (while the lentils are semi-cooked). Complete the cooking process in the crockpot
  • Add garnish items/salt to taste and optional proteins
  • Serve warm with bread/pita and  enjoy your light supper!!

Stay tuned for more recipes with Zesteez!!


By |2015-08-09T20:55:54+00:00August 9th, 2015|Lentils, Recipes, Vegan|0 Comments

About the Author:

Shruthi is the creative chef and mastermind behind these flavorful chutneys and dishes. Cooking with only the freshest ingredients, she loves using her chutneys to add a new twist to traditional favorites. She is constantly experimenting with new recipes, striving to bring the complex sweet and savory flavors of India into your easy, every-day meals. Shruthi lives in Southern California with her husband and two foodie kids, and looks forward to sharing her passion for food with you!

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