10 November 2016

Spiced Carrot, Lentil & Kale Soup



Time for a spot of soup!

You may be wondering where I've been? It's unusual for me to be away for my blog for more than a few days. 

I twisted my knee and it's been rather painful, so I've had to rest it a lot. There's not been much time spent online or in the kitchen. Graham, bless him has done his best, but now my knee is a bit better it's time for me to get back to the cooker and cook us something a bit more nutritious.

It's definitely cooler here in Scotland. Winter is making itself known and the temperatures are dropping and I'm craving soup.





I like substantial soups with lots of flavour so spices are a must.  The base of this soup is the standard onion, garlic and carrots, but I added fresh ginger and spices as well as lentils to thicken it up beautifully. Of course it needed a bit of green too so I added kale and fresh coriander.

It was glorious!

Even better second day, although it had thickened up so I added some water while it was heating. I do hope you try it. It's so good. My boys loved it too and no mention was made of the kale. RESULT!

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Spiced Carrot, Lentil & Kale Soup

A luxuriously thick and spicy soup. Gloriously nutritious as well as tasty. A filling meal when served with crusty bread. Keep the leftovers in the fridge or freeze them for another day.
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2-3 cm piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 8 medium carrots, chopped
  • 300g/ 1½ cups red lentils
  • 3 tsp dried cumin
  • 2 tsp dried coriander
  • 1 tsp dried turmeric
  • 1½ litre/6½ cups vegetable stock (4 cubes), add more water if required at the end of cooking
  • 50g kale, chopped
  • a handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  • a good grinding salt and black pepper
Instructions
1. Saute the onion, garlic and ginger in the olive oil until soft, then add the carrots and cook gently for a few minutes.2. Rinse the lentils well and add them to the pot along with the spices and stock, then stir well.3. Add the kale, bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook gently for 30 minutes until the lentils are soft.4. Whizz with a hand blender, leaving some vegetables intact.5. Add the coriander and season with salt and pepper, then serve.6. Enjoy!notes: second day soup is glorious, but it may have thickened somewhat, so add a little more water while heating.
Details
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Yield: Serves 6-8






If you enjoyed this soup, try my Lightly Spiced Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup

I am submitting my soup to No Croutons Required over at Lisa's Kitchen.



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13 comments:

  1. I am glad to hear you are feeling a bit better. That's a lovely late autumn soup. I've been craving soups too. Would you mind submitting your soup via the linky tool on the NCR post so I don't lose track of things? xo

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    1. Yes I have added it Lisa. Looking forward to the roundup.

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  2. Oh yes, substantial soups just like this one for me too please :)

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  3. I do like kale and carrot soup so loving the addition of lentils and spices you have here, looks like a great meal to have with a crusty loaf:-)

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    1. It really is and it's really substantial with the lentils.

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  4. Knees are such a pain when you injure them, I find that these days mine will go out again much more easily! Old age! Love the look of your soup, I do love spiced winter soups.

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  5. This sounds like my kinda soup Jac - lots of spices, thick with lentils and really filling. Just what we need in this wintry weather!

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  6. So good to hear you're back on the mend Jac - so horrible hurting yourself like that! Your soup looks and sounds perfect for these chilly November days... I'm addicted to soup right now...

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  7. Nice and comforting and warming for the winter!

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  8. Oh yum, this soup looks perfect. I am so sorry to hear about your accident. Hopefully you can take all the time you need to recover - your blog will wait! No fun. At least you have this delicious soup to help soothe your soul.

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x