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Red Lentil Soup with Lemon

Recipe from The New York Times.

Time: 45 minutes

 Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil, more for drizzling

1 large onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Pinch of ground chili powder or cayenne, more to taste

1 quart chicken or vegetable broth

1 cup red lentils

1 large carrot, peeled and diced

Juice of 1/2 lemon, more to taste

3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro.

 Method:

1. In a large pot, heat 3 tablespoons oil over high heat until hot and shimmering. Add onion and garlic, and sauté until golden, about 4 minutes.

2. Stir in tomato paste, cumin, salt, black pepper and chili powder or cayenne, and sauté for 2 minutes longer.

3. Add broth, 2 cups water, lentils and carrot. Bring to a simmer, then partially cover pot and turn heat to medium-low. Simmer until lentils are soft, about 30 minutes. Taste and add salt if necessary.

4. Using an immersion or regular blender or a food processor, purée half the soup then add it back to pot. Soup should be somewhat chunky.

5. Reheat soup if necessary, then stir in lemon juice and cilantro. Serve soup drizzled with good olive oil and dusted lightly with chili powder if desired.

Yield: 4 servings.

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Red Lentil Coconut Curry

Recipe from Julia Hellerman of Julia’s Kitchen.

4-6 servings

Ingredients:

3 cups split red lentils

1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon coconut oil for sautéing

2 medium onions, chopped

4-5 medium carrots, diced

4-5 stalks celery

3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced

pinch asophoetida

1 strip kombu

1/4 cup curry powder

1/2 package creamed coconut, dissolved in a large measuring cup of hot water

1 inch ginger, grated (no need to peel!)

¼ cup tomato paste

3 cups chopped cauliflower

4 cups chopped spinach

sea salt and lemon or lime juice to taste

Method:

  1. Soak red lentils 8-12 hours in filtered water.
  2. Heat a large soup pot to medium heat.
  3. Add coconut oil and swirl around the pan.
  4. Add chopped onions and cook 5-6 minutes until translucent.
  5. Add chopped carrots and celery and continue to cook 4-5 more minutes.
  6. Clear a space in the center of the pan, add 1 teaspoon coconut, add minced garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 45 seconds.
  7. Meanwhile, drain and rinse lentils.
  8. Add lentils to cooked vegetables with water to cover by 3 inches and bring to a boil.
  9. Add asophoetida, and kombu and turn heat to a high simmer for about 20 minutes, or until lentils have started to break down, stirring often.
  10. Add the dissolved coconut cream, tomato paste, curry powder, and cauliflower, turn heat down, and continue to cook, stirring often, for 10 more minutes.
  11. Stir in the chopped spinach and season with salt and fresh lemon juice to taste.
  12. Enjoy as is or over cooked grains! 
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