Red lentils can be prepared quickly and easily and are a great source of protein and fiber. They take only 15 minutes to become soft and mushy. Red lentils make a great choice for those who enjoy a creamy meal such as spicy, dal. Red lentils can be boring for people who like a lot of texture.
This curried red lentil soup recipe has something for everyone. It features chunky vegetables in all their creaminess and a crunchy, well-spiced nut topping that adds an extra level of excitement. You can top it off with fresh herbs, such as mint and thyme. But any herb will work! Add a little fresh lemon zest to give it some flavor.
If you’re looking for a more substantial bowl, you can add roasted chicken or baked tofu to this soup.
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FOR THE SOUP
3 tbsp.Coconut oil
1Yellow onion diced
1″ ginger, minced
6 cloves garlic smashed
2 large carrots, diced
1 Large russet potato, peeled & diced
3 c.torn kale
3 tbsp. curry powder
2 tsp.Kosher salt
3/4 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. gochujang (optional)
2 c.Red lentils, rinsed
1(14.5-oz.) (14.5 oz.)
1 tbsp.Coconut oil
1/4 c. Pepitas
2 tbsp.sesame seeds
1 tsp.Ground coriander
1 tsp.Cumin seeds
1 tsp.Caraway seeds of Fennel seeds
1/2 tsp.Crushed red pepper flakes (optional).
1/2 tsp.Kosher salt
1/2 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp.Granulated sugar
- Oil, oil, onion and ginger should be added to a large saucepan on medium heat. Stirring occasionally, cook onions until softened, approximately 7 minutes. Cook the carrots, potatoes and kale with curry powder, salt and pepper. Stir frequently until the kale is tender, approximately 3 minutes.
- Add the lentils, coconut milk, water, and stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook, occasionally stirring, for 17 to 20 minutes.
- Make spiced cashews while you wait. Heat oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add cashews, pepitas, and olive oil. Toast cashews for 6-8 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the remaining ingredients until they are fragrant.
- Before serving, garnish the soup with mint, lemon zest, and spiced cashews.