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Lisa's Red Lentil Soup

My neighbor Lisa, gave me this recipe and I love it.  It is a new weekly favorite.

 

Indian Red Lentil Soup

  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils picked over
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 teaspoons grated peeled fresh gingerroot
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin 
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 small can diced canned tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • pappadams as an accompaniment

 

For the pappadams:

  • pappadams (available at East Indian markets and specialty foods shops)
  • vegetable oil for frying the pappadams

preparation

Make the soup:
In a large bowl wash the lentils in several changes of cold water until the water runs clear and drain them in a fine sieve. In a large heavy saucepan cook the onions in the oil over moderate heat, stirring, until they are softened, add the garlic and the gingerroot, and cook the mixture, stirring, for 1 minutes. Add the cumin and the ground coriander seeds and cook the mixture over moderately low heat, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the lentils, the broth, 1 1/2 cups water, and the tomatoes and simmer the mixture, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. In a blender or food processor purée the mixture in batches, transferring it to a bowl as it is puréed, return the soup to the pan, cleaned, and season it with salt and pepper. The soup may be made 3 days in advance and kept covered and chilled. Reheat the soup and thin it, if necessary, with water.

 

Friday, April 17, 2009