Category Archives: Soups

Bean soup

Kidney beans, tomatoes, chili paste, some leftover spagetti and spinach. – And some mixed vegetables I had handy in the fridge. AND ONE TOMATO FROM MY “GARDEN”!
Nice, hot and spicy! ūüėÄ

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Red Lentil Soup with Chili, Fennel and sweet Cherry Tomatoes

I think this is my overall favorite course. A spicy delicious lentil soup!

Quick and easy to make, tastes really good, makes you satisfied for quite a long time and you can use any kind of vegetables you like – and have at home.

Red lentils are perfect to have handy all the time for a good and nutritious meal. This time I made the soup with fresh fennel and sweet cherry tomatoes.

lentil soup tomato

Here is how it’s done!

  • 3/4 to 1 dl red lentils
  • Red chili paste, 1/2 teaspoon (1 if you want it more hot)
  • some thinly sliced fresh fennel
  • 4-5 ripe cherry tomatoes
  • bouillon
  • Some coconut milk
  • Lemon- or lime juice

Fry slightly the chili paste in some butter
Rinse the lentils and add them
Add boiling water
Add the sliced fennel

Cook until the lentils are really soft – 12-15 minutes. Taste the soup! If not soft enough, let it boil a couple of minutes more.

Add the coconut milk
Add the tomatoes cut in halves
Add lime or lemon juice 

Enjoy! ūüėÄ


Chili, tomato & coconut soup

And red lentils of course…

OKAY!
So at last I seem to wake up again from my… whatever…. and started to cook a little more proper again!
And the first course I post here¬†is a RED LENTILSOUP!!!!! Am I crazy or am I crazy? Haven’t I made enough red lentil soups already????

OMG!!!!!!!! ¬†And oh gosh….
But admit they are really tasty and full-filling, and so easy to cook! I think I’ll never get tired of red lentilsoups!

You can take any amount of ingredients as you wish.
1/2 to 1 deciliter unboiled dried red lentils per servings, which you thoroughly rinse under streaming water, while you at the same time let a kettle of water heat up until boiling.

Then you gently fry some butter with chopped garlic, finely sliced onion and some red curry paste, add a squeeze of tomato paste, stir for a while until the butter takes a dark orange color from the tomato paste and the curry paste, then add the lentils and boiling water.

Let this cook until soft, and if necessary add more water.

I always use these cubes of concentrated broth for seasoning, but you can use any kind of all-spice or plain salt as you wish. I’m not too fond of herbs in my soups – well maybe sometimes depending on the soup – but if you like it! Use it!

But! Mostly I add vegetables in my soups! This time I added broccoli, chopped pieces from the stem actually, red bell pepper and small plum tomatoes. At the end I also added some fresh baby spinach and some quinoa I had cooked the day before.

And yes of course! A big dash of creamy coconut milk, and a smaller dash of fresh lemon juice. Taste the soup to be salty, spicy and tangy enough Рand then enjoy!

So a little bit more effort I did put into cooking this soup, after all. ūüėČ

chilitomato

 


Sunset Mulligatawny

MulligatawnyIf it is essential for a mulligatawny soup to be made up with chicken and or chicken broth, this is just a curry soup! In other words – a vegetable Mulligatawny!

In the matter of fact, it’s not just a curry soup but also a soup¬†inspired from the ayurvedic kitchen – Kitcharee. A course based on split mung dal, basmathi rise and those specific spices: ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, fennel, fenugreek – and some others things…

I have¬†also been inspired by¬†the soup d’jour’s I’m having monday to friday. A treat I very much enjoy.¬†This soup, however, I have cooked myself and I’ve chosen the Kitcharee style since it’s very healthy.

My oh my Mulligatawny

  • 2/3¬†dl basmathi rice
  • 1/2 dl red lentils
  • 1 teaspoon yellow curry (I cheated here)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 dl¬†finely chopped fresh fennel
  • 1 clove of garlic – finely chopped
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of freshly grained ginger
  • 1/2 – 1 litre Varm vegetable broth –¬†or chicken broth
  • Some creamy coconut milk (optional)

Rinse the rice until the water is all clear; do the same with the lentils in another bowl and watch out for small stones that might hide among the lentils.

Melt some butter and fry gently the spices, take care they won’t burn.

Add the rice and the lentils, stir for a short while and then add the broth¬†– about 1/2 litre at the beginning. While cooking you’ll have to add more until you get the thickness of the soup after your liking. Anything between porridge and bouillon is possible.

The soup has to cook long enough to make the rice and the lentils totally soft – and then at least 5 minutes more. A real kitcharee is cooking for quite a long time.
Mix with a blender until all is puréed, and season it to taste with lemon juice (and coconut milk if you like)

Serve with roasted pumpkin seeds.cropped-mulligatawny1.gif