Prep 20 mins
Cook 50 mins
This is a delicious, healthy, colorful soup. From Fields Of Greens by Annie Somerville. Freshly toasted and ground spices really make a difference here.
- 1 cup lentils (about 6 oz)
- 6 cups cold water
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cups diced yellow onions
- cayenne pepper
- 1⁄2 cup diced carrot
- 1⁄2 cup diced celery
- 1⁄2 cup diced red bell peppers or 1⁄2 cup yellow bell pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1⁄8 teaspoon turmeric
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
- 1 cup diced tomatoes with juice
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- Pick over and rinse the lentils and place them in a soup pot with the cold water.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until tender, about 20 minutes.
- While the lentils are cooking, heat the olive oil in a medium sized sauté pan and add the onion, 1/2 tsp salt, and a few pinches of cayenne.
- Cook over medium heat until the onions are soft, 7 - 8 minutes; then add the diced vegetables, another 1/2 tsp of salt, and the spices.
- Cook for 5 minutes, then stir in the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute.
- Add the vegetables and the tomatoes to the lentils and their broth. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.
- Season to taste with salt and cayenne.
- Garnish with the cilantro.
MMMMMMMMM!!!! This was SO good! Thank you for sharing! I did add just a couple things, like I used french lentils and added a cup of red. Also I threw in a pinch of cardamon and cinnamon. I also added some diced potatos (I know, not really moroccan...) but I wanted to make it a little bit heartier. I also removed about 1/3 of the soup and pureed it, adding it back into the soup. I like my soups to have the illusion of creaminess....it turned out so good! Thank you for posting this recipe!
Delicious! Like theAmateurPastryChef, I increased the amount of lentils (1.5 cups) and used a mix of French lentils and red lentils. I also tossed in a cube of vegetarian boullion as I was cooking the lentils. I used an immersion blender at the end to thicken it.
Best Lentil Soup I've ever had! Make it all the time and everyone raves over it! Don't forget to add plenty of Cilantro for garnish!