Spicy Lentil Soup with Rice and Beer – Vegan Recipe

For days when you can't decide between rice and potatoes

Simple and easy dish to fight the cold weather, or if you’re where it’s hot, a dish to turn up the heat even more. SPICY!

Feel free to omit either the rice or the potatoes if you prefer one starch at a time. Also feel free to adjust the pepper to your tolerance level (I lean toward HOT and SPICY) and add other vegetables.*


6 cups Water

2 cup dry Lentils

2 cups diced starchy Potatoes

Olive Oil

2 cups chopped Onions

2 teaspoons Cumin Powder

1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder

1 teaspoon Black Pepper

2 teaspoons Sea Salt

4 cloves of Garlic, chopped

chopped fresh Cilantro

Lemon Juice

Crushed Red Pepper Flakes



Salted, Cooked Rice


I used a bean mix which included peas as well as lentils


1. Put the first 3 ingredients into a large pot, cover, and bring to a boil.

2. Cook according to lentil package directions, until tender. Remove pot from heat.

3. Put enough oil in a frying pan to easily coat the bottom, and turn to low. Add the cumin, turmeric, pepper, and salt. Stir constantly for a couple minutes. Do not scorch.

4. Add the onions and garlic to the frying pan and stir thoroughly.

5. Turn off the heat, cover with a lid, and let sit about 10 minutes. In the meantime, have a beer. Then scrape the spiced onions into the lentils and potatoes.

6. Sprinkle with lemon juice, cilantro and pepper flakes.

7. Serve with rice and beer.

*You can also add tomatoes, if you’d like.