Curried Red Lentil and Spinach Soup

"From The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet Cookbook, by Nava Atlas. Easy to make and freezes very well."
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  • Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add the onion and saute over medium heat until golden.
  • Add the lentils and 6 cups water and bring to a simmer. Stir in curry powder, cover, and simmer very gently for 35 to 40 minutes.
  • When the lentils are mushy, stir in the spinach and check the consistency. If the soup is too thick, add about 1/4 cup water. Season with salt and additional curry powder, if desired.
  • Simmer for another 5 minutes. If time allows, let the soup stand off the heat for an hour or so to develop flavor. Heat through as needed before serving.

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  1. Maeven6
    I agree with the other person reviewing this recipe that the instructions are off slightly. Never would you add curry powder directly to the liquid soup, not without first putting in in a skillet with a bit of hot oil to enliven the flavors. This is especially true if you purchase your spices from a main stream grocer, as they are most likely old. I also used a few mustard and cumin seeds and only slightly chopped my spinach. Great recipe though simple and basic good food.
  2. Shiraz
    This was so good! I also used some chicken stock- 4 cups of that and 2 cups of water. Delicious and nutritious!
  3. ChefLee
    Delicious and easy soup!! I had fun with this one!! I used 1 cup chicken stock and 5 cups water. Used 1/2 tsp salt, pepper, and garlic powder and threw in 1/4 tsp allspice for fun! I used fresh spinach and it really tasted great!! Thanks for posting!
  4. Raichka
    This was a delicious and easy to make weeknight dinner. I added a bit of cumin, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and a bay leaf. Like others, I sauteed the spices with the onions before adding veggie broth. Delish!
  5. CarolineOYum
    Easy! The only issue I have with this recipe is that curry powder shouldn't be added straight to water, or added after cooking. <br/><br/>The Indian principle of curry-oil-onion is that the curry flavours the oil while the spices release their flavours in the heat; then the curried oil flavours the onion while it softens; then the aromatic onion gives flavour to the protein.



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