Spicy Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil, Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup

True Colours…

This is a heart warming soup indeed… especially in this chilly weather.

Red Lentil, Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup
Red Lentil, Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup

Spicy Red Lentil Soup

Ingredients

4 tablespoons olive oil

½ teaspoon ground turmeric

½ teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon coriander powder

1 large onion, chopped and diced

2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes

4 carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds

1 turnip

1 teaspoon fresh thyme

1 cup red lentils; uncooked, washed, rinsed in cold water

4 cups warm water

sea salt, to taste

pepper, freshly ground

To garnish:

Olive oil, drizzled on top

parsley or coriander; fresh, finely chopped

1 cup plain yogurt, whole milk and Greek (optional)

Method

1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the turmeric, cumin and coriander. Stir until fragrant. Add the onion and sauté until softened.

2. Add the sweet potatoes, carrots, turnip and thyme. Cook for a minute or so while stirring.

3. Add the rinsed lentils and warm water. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes until the vegetables and lentils are soft.

4. Carefully ladle the soup into a blender (you may need to do this in batches).
Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Blend on high speed until as smooth as possible. Season to taste and add more water to thin if desired.

5. Serve hot with a grind of pepper on top and a drizzle of olive oil. Garnish with chopped coriander or parsley. If desired, Greek yogurt served on the side goes very nicely with this soup.

6. Serve hot with a grind of pepper on top and a drizzle of olive oil. Garnish with chopped coriander or parsley. If desired, Greek yogurt served on the side, goes very nicely with this creamy soup.

Serves 6 to 8

Red Lentil, Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup
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