At this time of year theres nothing more comforting than a big bowl of hot soup! I’ve been making various versions of soup using red lentils for the last few years, but this incarnation is by far the tastiest one. It includes some special ingredients that give it that added nutritional boost so it’s even better for you at this time of year.
Those special ingredients include ginger, turmeric and coconut milk. Turmeric is so good for you, it’s health benefits coming from the curcumin compounds within it that give it that yellow colour. Curcumin is has powerful anti inflammatory and anti oxidant properties. Ginger is also known for it’s anti inflammatory and immune system boosting properties. The coconut milk adds some healthy fat to assist with the utilisation of nutrients.
- 1 tsp oil - I used ghee, coconut oil would also work well
- 1 large onion
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
- 1-2 tsp mild curry powder
- 3 stalks of celery
- 4 medium carrots
- 1 1/2 cups of dried red lentils (about 500g I think)
- 200 ml coconut milk
- Vegetable stock - enough to cover the ingredients - I use about 2 tsp Marigold Vegetable Bouillon with hot water
- Finely chop the onion and mince the ginger. Add the oil to a large pot and gentle fry the onion and ginger over a medium heat
- Add the turmeric and curry powder, followed by the chopped celery
- Chop the carrots into small chunks and add to the pan
- Rinse the red lentils in a sieve and add to the pan followed by enough hot vegetable stock to cover everything
- Simmer for about 30 minutes until the soup has thickened. Add the coconut milk
- You can leave it chunky, blend it smooth or do as I did and just blend half.
- Enjoy topped with some fresh coriander or parsley and a drizzle of coconut milk
This is such a colourful soup – it’s like a bowl of sunshine in dark January! The curry powder gives this so much flavour, something I think is really important when it comes to being able to stick at eating healthy foods.
This is a pretty thick soup which is how I like it, but if you’d prefer a thinner texture just add more vegetable stock or coconut milk.
What is your favourite soup? Are you a fan of red lentils?