Red Lentil Soup

Beans and pulses are good for us. Some of us more so according to our body types and temperament.  Some like to scoff at the good old red lentil, I just like to scoff it. Add it to anything like bolognese, lasagne, sauces.

 

You will need for four people:

I large onion

2 cloves of garlic

2 good-sized carrots

Olive or sunflower oil

A good dollop of red lentils

1 celery stick

Water

Nutmeg

1 bay leaf

Curry powder

Cumin

Paprika

Chilli flakes

(Ham or bacon is optional as is a spoon of plain yoghurt)

You can add chopped tomato (from a carton, not tin) and vegetable stock

Seasoning

Add the oil and chopped onions and garlic to your pan. Gently cook til golden.

Add the chopped vegetables, lentils and spices/herbs

Pour in enough water and stir a couple of times. Set on low heat to simmer for about ten minutes. Keep checking the expanding lentils and add water as required.  Cook for about 45 mins to an hour. It should be done.

Then the rest is up to you. How do you like your soup? Smooth, gritty as it comes out of the pan….you decide.

lentils

 

 

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