MY FAVORITE LENTIL-SOUP
This rich, vegan soup is my all-time-favourite-lentil dish that gives you all you need throughout the whole year. The winning combination of lentils, tomatoes, coconut milk and curry will convince your tastebuds as much as it will delight your guests.
Lentils are a perfect source of plant protein, they are rich in fibre, folate and potassium making them a great choice for the heart and for managing blood pressure and cholesterol. They are containing iron and vitamin B1 which help to maintain a steady heartbeat.
serves four persons as a main course - works as a starter for six
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 onion cut in small pieces
1 tablespoon of curry powder (mild)
1 knob of garlic, pressed
1 piece of fresh ginger (4-5cm long, thumb wide)
150 gram of red lentils, washed thoroughly and strained
1 can of organic tomatoes in pieces
a handful of coriander (cilantro) stems separated from the flowers
400ml of coconut milk
600ml of boiled water
Salt and pepper
Heat the coconut oil and cook the onions on a medium fire till they are transparent and caramelised. It takes about 6-8 minutes
Add Curry powder, garlic and ginger, stir for 2 minutes
Add the lentils and mix the ingredients well for a minute
Add the tomatoes, the cilantro stems and add the boiled water
Add 1-2 teaspoons of salt
Shake coconut milk well and pour it in a separate bowl, stir well before you add most of it to the soup, keep a small rest for the topping in the end
Increase the heat till the soup is boiling, then lower the fire, let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes till the lentils are cooked, but not completely falling apart
If the soup texture is too thick for your taste, add a bit more water
Season with pepper and add extra salt if needed
Serve and garnish the soup with coriander leaves and drops of coconut milk
If you blend the soup, the chances that your kids will eat it are much higher. I have seen 4-6 years old children who loved the blended version of it
This soup recipe is inspired from one of my favourite cooking books: Ottolenghi's SIMPLE.
I changed it according to my taste, I do not add chilli, use less garlic and coriander.
What is your favourite (lentil) dish?
Let me know what you think. Bon appétit!