I just made this...and now I can't wait to eat this. I found this recipe on Bon Appetit's website as a top vegetarian recipe from 2010. I have a feeling it will get better with age, as many curries do.
CURRIED LENTIL SOUP:
3 T. olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
2 large garlic cloves, chopped, divided
2 T. (or more) curry powder
1 C. French green lentils
4 1/4 C. (or more) water, divided
1 15- to 16-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
1 T. fresh lemon juice
2 T. (1/4 stick) butter (I used Earth Balance)
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onion and carrot; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until onion is translucent, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Add half of chopped garlic; stir until vegetables are soft but not brown, about 4 minutes longer. Add 2 tablespoons curry powder; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add lentils and 4 cups water. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Increase heat and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, puree chickpeas, lemon juice, 1/4 cup water, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, and remaining garlic in processor.
Add chickpea puree and butter to lentil soup. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and additional curry powder, if desired. Add water by 1/4 cupfuls to thin to desired consistency. DO AHEAD Soup can be made up to 1 day ahead.
Cool, cover, and refrigerate. Rewarm before continuing. Divide soup among bowls. Sprinkle with thinly sliced green onions and serve with lemon wedges.