This is a soup of many infleunces. It is tough to try to catagorize the flavors and ingredients. The coconut and basil combination hint at a Thai flavor while the lentils and tomato paste are from a whole different group. Either way, this soup is excellent. It contains no broth which can be a plus for MSG sensitive people who have not yet found a good broth without MSG.
Everyone has heard the song about putting the lime in the coconut and shaking it up. That idea applies to more than cocktails! Even if you are not a lime fan, don't skip it here. You'll just be short changing yourself the full flavor of this soup.