Simple, Flavourful Yellow Lentil Soup

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Lentil soup is a staple in many cuisines around the world, and for good reason. This comforting, nutritious, and delicious soup is made with lentils, a type of legume that is packed with protein, fibre, and essential nutrients.
History of Lentil Soup
Lentils have been a part of human cuisine for thousands of years, with evidence of lentil consumption dating back to ancient civilizations in the Middle East, Greece, and Rome. Lentil soup was a staple in many of these cultures, particularly among the poor and working classes, as it was an affordable and nutritious source of protein.
Benefits of Lentil Soup
Lentil soup is a nutritional powerhouse, offering a range of health benefits that make it an excellent addition to a balanced diet. Some of the key benefits of lentil soup include:
1. High in Protein: Lentils are an excellent source of protein, making them an ideal option for vegetarians and vegans.
2. Rich in Fiber: Lentils are high in dietary fiber, which can help lower cholesterol levels, promote digestive health, and support healthy blood sugar levels.
3. Packed with Nutrients: Lentils are a good source of essential nutrients like iron, potassium, and phosphorus.
4. Low in Calories: Lentil soup is low in calories, making it an excellent option for those watching their weight.
5. Supports Healthy Gut Bacteria: Lentils contain prebiotic fiber, which can help support the growth of healthy gut bacteria.
While there are different kinds of lentils, today we’ll use the yellow lentils. Please note that you can also use the green lentils as well. However, you’ll have to boil if first before cooking. To prepare this dish, you will need;
Ingredients:
– 1 cup dried yellow lentils, soaked in cold water for 10 minutes then rinsed well
– 1 tsp curry powder
– 3 tbsp olive oil
– 1 medium onion chopped
– 1 tsp garlic minced
-1 cup shredded carrots
– 1 tsp paprika
– 1/2 tsp ground cumin
– 2 large ripe tomatoes
– 1 large red bell pepper
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
-1 handful chopped cilantro (optional)
-2 tbsp knorr chicken broth powder
-4 cups chicken broth or water
Instructions:
1. Blend the tomatoes and bell pepper in a blender
2. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until slightly brown
3. Add the pureed mixture and cook to a paste-like consistency. Add the spices and cook for a minute
4. Add the soaked lentils, carrots and water and mix well
5. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.
6. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot

Simple, Flavourful Yellow Lentil Soup

Classic, simple, tasty lentil that's great to serve any day, especially those cold winter evenings.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Curry, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 322 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup yellow lentil soaked in cold water for 10 min. then rinsed well
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic mined
  • 1 cup carrots shredded
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 large tomatoes ripe
  • 1 large red bell pepper roughly chopped
  • 1 handful cilantro optional
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne optional
  • 3 tbsp knorr chicken broth powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups chicken broth

Instructions
 

  • Puree the tomatoes and bell pepper in a blender.
  • Heat olive oil in a medium pot and then add the onions. Sautee until slightly browned then add garlic and cook for about a minute.
  • Add the pureed mixture to the pot
  • Cook the tomatoes to a paste-like consistency and then add the spices
  • Add the soaked lentils, carrots, water/broth and stir well. Cook covered for 30-40 min or until soft. Add more water if needed to the desired consistency. Adjust salt to taste
  • Serve and garnish with cilantro if using

Notes

Please note that the nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on the products used in the recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 15gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 1799mgPotassium: 876mgFiber: 17gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 6501IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 76mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Dinner, Healthy, Lunch
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Tips and Variations
– Use red or brown lentils for a slightly different flavour and texture.
– Add a ham bone or bacon for added smokiness.
– Add a can of kidney beans or other beans for added protein and fibre.
– Add a splash of red wine or lemon juice for added depth of flavour.
– Serve with a side of crusty bread or white rice
-Replace chicken broth powder with the vegetarian option. Alternatively, you can eliminate the chicken broth and use water instead.
Lentil soup is a nutritious and delicious comfort food that is perfect for a chilly fall or winter evening. With its rich history, numerous health benefits, and simple recipe, it’s no wonder lentil soup remains a staple in many cuisines around the world. So why not give it a try? Your taste buds and body will thank you!

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