Wednesday, June 8, 2011

lentil soup to warm your cockles

This soup will warm the cockles of your heart in the cold blast we are having in Melbs at the moment! My friend S is the best cook around and while we were sweating it out on the treadmill yesterday she outlined her lentil soup recipe.
Here is my version which I made last night to rave reviews from Mr Aliceblue.
Red Lentil Soup
Soak a cup of red lentils for 2 or 3 hours and then rinse.
Chop up 3 carrots, 3 celery stalks, a zucchini, an onion and a clove of garlic.
Put a dash of olive oil into a large saucepan and gently fry the onions and garlic until soft. Put in the celery and let them soften up. Add 3 tsp of Patak's Madras curry paste (more if you are a thrill seeker) and stir well. Just give it a minute to release the flavours.  Add the remaining vegetables and drained lentils with a can of chopped tomatoes and a large carton of low salt chicken or vegetable stock. Simmer gently for at least 45 mins. If you didn't soak the lentils for very long then simmer the soup for a bit longer.
Guaranteed to warm you up.
Thanks to my friend S!

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