Corn-Lentil Chowder


Like a fusion between Indian dal and corn chowder, this creamy lentil soup is seasoned with curry, turmeric, and ginger--then garnished with a handful of herbs and edible flowers.

Corn-Lentil Chowder
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
7 1/2 cups


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 ½ cup finely chopped yellow onion

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 32 ounce carton reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon peeled and grated fresh ginger

  • 5 ears fresh corn, husked, silks removed, and kernels cut off (set aside cobs), or 3 cups frozen corn

  • 1 ½ cup dry yellow lentils, rinsed

  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon chili or olive oil

  • Flowers from cucumber blossoms, golden mustard, and/or garlic chives

  • Sour cream (optional)


  1. In a large pot heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add onion; cook until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add curry powder and turmeric; cook 1 minute. Add broth, the water, ginger, and, if using, corn cobs. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 20 minutes.

  2. Remove cobs from broth; cool slightly. Using back of a paring knife, scrape cobs over pot to remove as much liquid as possible; discard cobs.

  3. Stir in lentils. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 15 minutes or until lentils are tender. Season with salt and black pepper. Stir in 2 cups corn; cook 10 minutes more, stirring occasionally.

  4. Using an immersion blender or food processor, blend soup until smooth. Just before serving, in a small saucepan heat chili oil over medium heat. Add remaining 1 cup corn to oil. Cook until corn is golden, 3 to 4 minutes. To serve, top soup with toasted corn, flowers and, if desired, sour cream.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

325 Calories
8g Fat
50g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 325
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 928mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 10.9mg 55%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 4.3mg 24%
Potassium 737mg 16%
Folate, total 274.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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