Ingredients for Mauritian Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup: A Simple and Healthy Mauritian Recipe

It is very common for Mauritians to have a side of “grains secs” or pulses as part of a typical meal, for example, lentils and split peas, prepared as a soup. They are a great source of protein, especially for those on a vegetarian or vegan diet, and are very healthy and easy to prepare. Here is a very simple Mauritian recipe that you can try at home:

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 200g black lentils
  • 1 carrot (optional), cut or grated however you like
  • 1 pinch of cumin seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp oil

What to do:

  • Wash your black lentils with cold water.
  • In a pressure, add some oil and heat over medium heat.
  • Add a pinch or two of cumin seeds to the hot oil, then the garlic, tomatoes, onions and thyme. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the black lentils and enough water to just cover the lentils. Mix.
  • Add the carrots and top with more water. Cover the pressure cooker and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy with┬ásome bread or as a side.

Ingredients for Mauritian Lentil SoupVariations:

You can add some chilies if you like it hot and spicy, or use some curry leaves to add some more flavour.


Mauritian Lentil Soup in a bowl