Recipe – Spice Lentil Soup

Spice Lentil Soup (VEGAN)
(from Thais)

Do not be intimidated by the number of ingredients, chances are you have them in your pantry, and if not you can substitute.

Ingredients
• 2 tablespoon of vegetable oil
• 1 pound dried lentils
• ½ cup dry apricot cut in small pieces (you can substitute dry prune)
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 1 large onion, finely chopped
• 2 cups vegetable stock
• 2 cups water
• 2 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1 tablespoon curry powder
• ½ tablespoon cumin
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• ½ tablespoon chili powder
• 2 or 3 bay leaves
• 2 tablespoon of tomato paste

Preparation
Wash lentils well in several changes of water until water runs clear. Drain.

In large saucepan, heat oil and sauté onion and garlic for 2 min. Add curry, cumin, cinnamon, and chili powder and sauté for about 3 min while mixing. Add the tomato paste and apricot and continuous mixing and sauté for about 3 more mins. This mixture should be very aromatic.

Add lentils, bay leaves, water, salt, and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 30 minutes, checking the lentil tenderness and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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