I just had to share this wonderful, vegetarian (and indeed vegan) soup from the recipe book I reviewed last week: My New Roots by Sarah Britton. All the recipes I have tried so far have been great and I’d thoroughly recommend buying a copy (read more about it here in my review of My New Roots) but this one really blew me away. It is so simple and yet so delicious. I can’t help but have a second bowlful when I make it.
In her book (and on her blog) Sarah calls this soup her 4 Corners Lentil Soup because it has been tried and loved by people from all over the world. One taste of this soup and it is easy to see how it has become so popular!
Sarah’s recipe is pretty simple, but I have made a couple of adaptations to make it even easy peasier – like using olive oil instead of coconut oil (not something I usually keep in my cupboards) and only using 1 onion and 3 garlic cloves to cut down on prep time – if you want to see the original recipe, check it out on her blog, which is also called My New Roots.
The thing I love about this recipe is it is very nutritious and cheap and made almost entirely out of things I always have in the kitchen, meaning it’s a great fall-back plan if my dinner plans get changed at the last minute! It’s also the sort of thing that would be fabulous to make a big batch of and freeze for quick and easy weekday lunches or simple weeknight suppers. It’s about a million times more nutritious than a takeaway or a ready meal! I like this soup all on its own, but you might want to serve it with bread.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed or grated
- 2cm ginger, grated
- 1 tablespoon cumin, ground
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 200g dried red lentils
- 1 litre water or vegetable stock (or chicken stock if you don’t need this to be veggie)
- Salt and pepper
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped
- Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a wide, deep pan and add the diced onion. Cover with a lid and cook on a low heat for 5 minutes until the onions have softened but are not brown.
- Add in the garlic, ginger, cumin and cayenne pepper. Lower the heat and fry for 1 more minute. Then add in the tinned tomatoes, lentils, water or stock and some salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, cover with a lid and then turn down and simmer for 30 minutes until the lentils are really soft. Stir occasionally.
- When the soup is ready, squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon and add more water if you think the soup is looking too thick.
- Ladle the soup into bowls and serve garnished with fresh coriander.