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4.19 from 11 votes

Beta Carotene booster vegetable & red lentil soup

Get you dose of Vitamin A by eating real food. This soup has everything you need to nourish your body well.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Snack, Soup
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 8 -10
Author: Khushboo


  • 2 teaspoon cooking olive oil/ preferred oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup red lentils/ dal washed 3 times and drained
  • 4 medium sized carrots
  • 2 medium sized bell peppers
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 4 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder optional
  • Pinch of chili powder optional
  • Pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • For topping
  • 1/2 tablespoon cooking olive oil / or of your choice.
  • 2 cloves of garlic grated
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • Sat and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon sesame seeds


  • Roughly chop all veggies called for the soup.
  • Instant pot method
  • Switch Instant pot to saute mode .
  • Once warm add in the onions and saute for a minute.
  • Then add in the ginger and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Dump in all the veggies and the red lentils and add enough water to cover the soup ingredients.
  • Add in the turmeric and chili powder now .
  • Give it a quick stir .
  • Now add in 1 cup additional water .
  • Close the lid and keep sealing position.
  • Press cancel to get out of saute mode.
  • Press manual 6 minutes high pressure.
  • Let it cool with NPR ( natural pressure release. ) Will take 10 minutes to cool down.
  • Open the lid and check for doneness of the lentils and sweet potatoes.
  • Puree the soup with immersion blender . Add more water if needed.
  • Add salt and pepper . Taste test.
  • While the soup is under making you can make the topping simultaneously .
  • For topping.
  • In a pan heat the oil. Add in garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add in the spinach and sautee until wilted , about a minute.
  • Add in salt , lemon juice and pepper if desired.
  • Serve soup warm with spinach topping and sprinkle some sesame seeds.


If you don't have immersion blender you may let the mixture cool and then blend in a blender.
Turmeric & chili are optional. They add more flavor and have health benefits. Skip if you don't have any.
For traditional stove top pressure cooker , pressure cook on medium flame for 4 whistles . Let it cool and proceed.
For open stove top cooking use a large pot and cook on medium low covered occasionally for 33-40 minutes until the lentils are tender. You will need to add more water between the cooking.