Vegetable Lentil Soup

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Vegetable Lentil Soup

The other night, a few days after I got off my juice cleanse, I decided to make a hearty lentil soup full of veggies.  That would give me all the protein I’ve been short on the last week but also get to stock up on vegetables.  This is definitely a different type of Lentil soup from the one I posted before, the Moroccan Harira.  In absence of ground meat and egg, this version feels a bit lighter.  Though I LOVE the Harira, this one is a bit savorier especially with the caramelized onions on top, and fried minced garlic that is mixed in right before serving.  Intrigued?

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Ok, here’s what you need to make this.

1 cup dry lentils, rinsed
1 carrot, chopped
1 celery, chopped
3oz cauliflower, chopped
1/2 large onion, chopped
1/2 onion, sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
Another 6 garlic cloves, minced.
2 tablespoon fresh parsley
2 bay leaves
2.5 cups water
1/2 spoon cumin
1/4 spoon nutmeg
1/4 spoon Jamaican All Spice
Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Start with a bit of olive oil in a hot soup pot or the pressure cooker if you’re using that.  While it’s hot, add the chopped onion and fry on medium heat for 4 minutes or until translucent. Add the carrot, celery, and cauliflower and fry for an additional few minutes.  Add the rinsed lentils and fry for a minute then add the water, the spices, and the bay leaves.

I use a pressure cooker.  I pressure cook on high for 9 min.  You could also cook on low heat letting it simmer for about an hour using a regular soup pot.  In the meantime, caramelize the sliced onions and fry the rest of the minced garlic, all 6 cloves.  When the soup is ready and you’d know when the lentils are soft and the broth is brownish, mix in the fried garlic and the fresh parsley.  Let the soup sit for 10 minutes.  If the soup doesn’t feel thick, feel free to add a spoon of cornstarch mixed in water to give the soup some density.   Place into bowls and garnish with caramelized onions.  Enjoy!

2 comments on “Vegetable Lentil Soup

  1. Suha on said:

    I like lentil soup. This looks interesting. I’ll try it and let u know :)

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