Curried Red Lentil Soup with Cilantro

(Sunday, December 2nd, 2012)

Serves 4

This is my favorite Red Lentil soup to date.  It was adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe. It combines hearty lentils with delicious curry, creamy coconut milk and is topped off with cilantro.  I make it all year round but love to surprise the family with a parsha perfect soup.

 

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  •   3 tablespoons finely chopped peeled ginger (from a 2-inch piece)
  •   6 garlic cloves, finely chopped (2 tablespoons)
  •   1 large shallot, finely chopped (4 tablespoons)
  •   2 carrots, finely diced (about 1 cup)
  •   2 teaspoons curry powder
  •   Kosher salt
  •   3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  •   1 cup red lentils

3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro stems, plus 3 tablespoons cilantro leaves for garnish

¼ cup dried craisins, optional

 

  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add ginger, garlic, shallot, and carrots and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 7 minutes. Add curry powder and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 4 cups water, and the lentils, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until lentils and carrots are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Pour 2 cups soup through a fine sieve into a bowl, reserving solids. Puree strained liquid with remaining soup in a blender until smooth. Reheat after blending. Stir in reserved solids.

Reserving some for garnish, cilantro stems into soup, and ladle into bowls. Swirl in remaining 1/4 cup coconut milk, and garnish with cherries and cilantro leaves.

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