It was a chilly, rainy day today and I wanted something to warm me up from the insides out. I made this curried lentil and root vegetable soup with the hopes of eating something tasty, healthy and warming. I wasn’t disappointed!
Time required: Approximately 1 hour from prep to table.
2 large cloves garlic
1 red chilli pepper
1 inch ginger
1.5 cups red lentils
2 tsp chicken curry spice mix
1.5 tsp garam masala spice mix
0.5 tsp turmeric
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 stock cube
800 ml water (approximately)
1 can chopped tomatoes
250 ml can of coconut milk
1 cup sliced spinach
a small handful of coriander/cilantro
Plain Greek yoghurt
Sweet mango chutney
N.B. I couldn’t find my measuring jug, so all measurements are close, but approximate. Sorry folks!
- Mix stock cube and water in a large pot on the stove top.
- Slice carrots, parsnips and potatoes into small chunks, roughly the same size. Add to the stock and bring to a boil.
- Add the olive oil, finely chop shallots, garlic and chilli pepper and ginger to a frying pan on a low heat and stir.
- To the frying pan, add the chicken curry spice mix, garam masala spice, and turmeric.
- When the root vegetables are soft, remove the pan from the heat. Using a hand blender or a potato masher, gently and carefully blend the vegetables (I chose not too fully blend the vegetables because I like a more rustic texture).
- Return the pot to the heat and add in the lentils. Bring to the boil and then turn the heat down to a simmer.
- Mix in the contents from the frying pan.
- Mix in the tomatoes and the coconut milk. Add salt and pepper.
- Allow to simmer and get thick.
- Add in chopped spinach and coriander/cilantro. Allow to stew for an additional five minutes.
- Remove from the heat and spoon into a bowl. Top with a yoghurt, mango and cilantro garnish (optional). Serve with rice, naan or artisan bread (I served it with an artisan sour dough bread with pumpkin seeds, purchased today from the local market).Enjoy!
This was super tasty! I ended up adding more salt that I had wanted too, and a fair amount of pepper. Perhaps if I had let this cook for longer, the flavours would have come out more prominently over time and thus required a little less salt. Thankfully there’s some leftover and I’m feeling pretty confident this will taste even better tomorrow!