Vegan Caliente

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Lentil soup for a cold winter day. January 10, 2009

Filed under: Recipes — veganshane @ 10:13 pm

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I have been making my lentil soup for quite a few years, there is no recipe exactly, it’s sort of a throw everything in a pot and adjust it as you go. It’s a favorite of mine when I am sick or it’s bitterly cold out.

The ingredient list runs down as follows:

  • about a cup and a half to 2 cups of brown/green lentils
  • 1 potato diced
  • 1 large carrot diced
  • 1 lemon
  • a healthy amount of spinach cut chiffonade style
  • 1 onion chopped and a bunch of garlic (4-5 cloves) minced that have been sauteed until onion soft and translucent
  • 1 can of diced tomato (drained)
  • 1 can of tomato paste,
  • 1  bullion cube
  • About 6 cups of water
  • Any spices and herbs you see fit, I usually add some curry powder, basil, oregano, cayenne  pepper, and lately smoked paprika, salt and pepper, this time around I added some fenugreek too.

Bring to a boil then simmer until everything is cooked, usually around an hour but your time may differ. The final step is in the last 30 minutes – wash and cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the soup pot, then drop the  lemon in as well.  At ten minutes left add the spinach.  Its great with corn bread or  a crusty french bread.

–Shane

Photos by Kala

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3 Responses to “Lentil soup for a cold winter day.”

  1. mihl Says:

    Wow, this looks perfect!

  2. this is the kind of lentil soup I like, with a little bit of everything. I’ve never heard of dropping the lemon in the pot though! I’ll have to try it.

  3. panda Says:

    mmmm.. yum.
    a more western variation that i’ve been loving is lentil soup (preferrably the greenish french ones) flavored with djion mustard.
    sautee carrot, onion, celery. add some tomato paste. drop in lentils. simmer until almost done… add djion and red vinegar to taste. i also like to add fresh tarragon at the end..


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