I first had this soup on a yoga retreat some years ago.I love this recipe for it's simplicity - which makes it a perfect soup for mums on the go - just 15mins prep (which I'm sure you could cut down to about 10 if you're using organic carrots & ok with leaving the peel on) means that it's a great go to when you're slim on ingredients & time. For larger families this is a great budget meal as well.
I like to serve this with a green salad & sourdough - but it's also fine on it's own.
I'm not sure who came up with the original combo of carrot, coriander & ginger - but it's a total winner. There is an amazing raw version of this soup (with avocado) - which is perfect for summer - but I've modified this version to include red lentils - which for me makes sense as an autumn & winter option as it gives a wonderful hearty flavour - with the added benefit of plant based protein.
Vegans can enjoy this served with a dollop of hummus to add some creaminess or cashew nut cream, but those who eat dairy will enjoy it with yoghurt or parmesan to add some zing.
qUick & easy carrot, coriander & ginger soup
1 tbsn olive oil
6 carrots peeled & loosely chopped
200g red lentils
2 brown onions coursely chopped
2 garlic cloves crushed
2 teaspoons finely grated ginger
handful fresh coriander chopped to taste
1 tspn cumin
1 tspn coriander
1 tspn paprika
5 cups vegetable stock or cubes to equivalent
Dollop natural yoghurt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Freshly chopped coriander
Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Fry off onions - once slightly brown add in ground coriander, paprika, cumin, fresh ginger & garlic & be prepared for an olfactory feast. Stir until the aromas are released.
Add in the chopped carrots, red lentils & vegetable stock & bring to boil.
Turn down to medium heat and simmer for 20 mins (I find this is a good time to bath the kids, read a book, watch peppa pig or do whatever you do when it's dinnertime and the kids are going nuts hanging off one leg).
To serve mix lemon juice with yoghurt (to be honest I don't bother with this step - just get it on the table!!!), coriander & cracked pepper.
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