Red Lentil Soup

Unfortunately red lentils are incredibly difficult to find in France, but not in the UK so you have no excuses for not making this rather nice and very healthy soup! Having a clear-out of my drafts section, as can be seen from my flatmates-of-last-year’s bowl and spoon…

(serves 6)

1 tbsp olive oil

1 onion, chopped

4 carrots, chopped

2 potatoes, chopped and peeled

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp tumeric

1 tsp ginger, grated

175g red lentils

1.2l vegetable stock

400g can plum tomatoes

2 tsp tomato purée

1 bay leaf

  1. Heat the oil
  2. Add the onion and soften for 5 minutes over a low heat
  3. Add carrots and potatoes; heat for 3 minutes, stirring lots
  4. Add spices, stirring constantly for 1 minute
  5. Add remainder of ingredients; boil; reduce heat; cover with lid and simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Remove bayleaf and blend
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3 thoughts on “Red Lentil Soup

    1. I’d brought one bag with me for my year abroad but that lasted only until December… thanks also to your Lentil Chilli 😉 (which works well enough with green lentils, actually!). It may just be my region of Alsace, but I’ve only found red lentils in the expensive “bio” /organic sections, or else in one massive 10kg bag… and I don’t like them *quite* that much!

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