Chop the onion and garlic as finely as you feel like.
Peel and grate the carrot and ginger. If you have a grater attachment on your food processor, your job will be even easier. I used a box grater.
Put the onion, garlic, grated carrots and ginger into a Dutch oven or the insert of an Instant Pot
Add the lentils, spices, coconut milk and water.
If you’re using the stovetop method, bring the soup to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low, give the soup a good stir, then cover, and cook for 20 minutes.
If you’re using the Instant pot method, simply lock the lid into place and set the Instant Pot to the high-pressure mode for 10 minutes.
Serve with a squeeze of lime juice and enjoy!