But, I get ahead of myself. I couldn't find anything other than just regular old green lentils at Bishop's Orchards, the lovely grocery / apple orchard / pumpkin patch not too far from our house (all though we did buy two 24-pound pumpkins at Kamran's insistence), and I'm not sure how much that purchasing the correct lentils would have changed things. I never knew that lentils could be so fancy! But I think that everything turned out nicely despite this pedestrian substitution.
This soup is definitely something that I will make again. We had some guests over for Halloween lunch and it was a big hit! Even the two-year-old seemed to like it. I totally forgot the cilantro, though (even though I bought some). Ah well, next time.