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Red Lentil Coconut Soup

February 5, 2014 by admin0

This soup will warm you up and fill you up. It’s packed with protein and good fat.

Serves 6

1 cup  yellow split peas

1 cup red split lentils (masoor dal)

7 cups / 1.6 liters water

1 medium carrot, cut into 1/2-inch dice

2 tablespoons fresh peeled and minced ginger

2 tablespoons curry powder

2 tablespoons coconut oil or grapeseed oil

1 medium onion, minced

1/3 cup golden raisins

1/3 cup tomato paste

1 14 oz can coconut milk

2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt

Small handful cilantro, chopped

4 green onions, finely sliced

Cooked brown rice, for serving (optional)

Give the split peas and lentils a good rinse – until they no longer put off murky water. Place them in an extra-large soup pot, cover with the water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and add the carrot and 1/4 of the ginger. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the split peas are soft.  In the meantime, in a small dry skillet or saucepan over low heat, toast the curry powder until it is quite fragrant. Be careful though, you don’t want to burn the curry powder, just toast it. Set aside. Place the oil in a pan over medium heat, add the onions, the remaining ginger, and raisins. Saute for two minutes stirring constantly, then add the tomato paste and saute for another minute or two more.  Add the toasted curry powder to the tomato paste mixture, mix well, and then add this to the simmering soup along with the coconut milk and salt. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or so. The texture should thicken up, but you can play around with the consistency if you like by adding more water, a bit at a time, if you like. Or simmer longer for a thicker consistency.  Sprinkle each bowl generously with cilantro and the green onions.

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