Indian-Inspired Lentil Soup

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Category: Soups & Salads | Blog URL: http://bakingatmidnight.blogspot.com/2010/02/indian-inspired-lentil-soup.html

This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.

Ingredients

a splash of olive oil
1 onion, roughly chopped
a couple cloves of garlic, chopped
1 can of Italian tomatoes, whole
2 boxes of chicken broth (about 2L)
1 large bunch of curly parsley, washed, stemmed and roughly chopped. And a few for garnish
cup about 1 of dried lentil, rinsed and picked over
1 teaspoon garam masala powder
1 tablespoon curry powder (or more depends on your taste)
Chili flakes if desired
Lemon, sliced

Preparation

1
Heat oil in a big pot over medium heat, add onions and garlic, cook for a few minutes until fragrant but not burnt.
2
Add the tomatoes & the juice, mash them up in small chunks with a wooden spoon.
3
Add the chicken broth, leaving about half of a box for thinning the soup later.
4
Turn heat to maximum, add the parsley and the lentils. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes, or until lentils are soft.
5
Add the masala, curry and chili flakes half way and mix well.
6
Serve with fresh parsley for garnish, with some freshly ground black pepper, and a small wedge of lemon. It really kicks it up a notch (unfortunately I didn't get the lemon when I made this, boo!)
7
I put this soup into individual microwavable containers for lunch, and before taking them to work, I would add a bit of chicken broth, because it thickens up quite a lot

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We all need a little lift from now and then to keep our spirit high. When something goes wrong, we have to remember all the other good people & things that are still there with us, and it may sooth the pain. These are times when we need to keep our heart & tummy warm, because the temperature refuses to collaborate.

I came to making this soup out of literally whatever I had in the house. The only thing that I had to go buy, was the fresh parsley. Let me tell you, tough out the cold bum and run to the store to get it, because it adds a really nice touch.

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10.0

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February 13, 2010

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