I am going through a bit of a lentil phase at the moment, and have been creating all things lentilly. Lentils are a classic soup base and here I have opted for two different types.
Orange and yellow was the generally look I was going for.... enter the carrots! When I first made this soup in a 4-portion batch as I usually do, I served it without the corn- hence the photos are ‘corn-less’, but the next day as I filled a flask of soup for a lunch, the leftover tub of sweet corn in the fridge caught my eye and on a whim I added it to the mix. It was even better this way, the juicy sweet kernels of corn really add to both the texture and flavour of the soup. So whilst I have added it as an optional ingredient in the recipe, I would encourage you to do so!
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For those who saw and commented on this picture on my Instagram and Facebook a few days ago... I will try and recreate the recipe for you and post it very soon!
Recipe: Carrot lentil soup
- 1 large onion
- 1 tbs coconut oil or red palm oil (I used red palm oil to keep an extra orangey colouring)
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- 1 tsp dried cumin seeds
- ½ tsp dried coriander (or fresh if preferred)
- 3 grated carrots
- 1 cup dried red lentils
- 2 tbs soy sauce
- ½ cup green lentils
- 3 ½ cups veg stock (more if needed)
- 1 cup sweetcorn- optional
Saute the onion and garlic in the oil for 5 minutes until softened.
Add the spices and grated carrot and sauté for 2-3 more minutes.
Add all remaining ingredients and bring to the bill before simmering for approx 20 mins until the lentil are cooked.