A new year, a new healthy diet. That’s the plan for most of the time anyway. Apart from that I have made no new year food plans and have written no review of the past year. I would like to blog more frequently and I would like to be more active in commenting on the blogs I follow, but if I set that as a resolution, I feel I would just be setting myself up for failure. After all, I am running the London Marathon on 21 April so will need to find time to fit all the training for that into my schedule! So, I am just going to try to keep on blogging as often as I can, when I can. I know it’s quite late to be saying this on 8th January already so that is all I am going to say on the subject. Moving on to this green lentil and coriander soup….
I love making soups like this as they are warm, filling and are useful for using up any leftover vegetables. Although the lentils are very dark, I love the colours of all the vegetables showing up in the soup and I especially love the fresh coriander stirred in at the end. It makes the soup taste very fresh.
Ingredients – serves 2 (as a main meal)
3 tbsp dried green lentils
2 carrots, sliced
1 onion, diced
2 tbsp chopped red cabbage
2 tbsp sweetcorn
Small knob of ginger, finely diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 chilli pepper, sliced
Handful of coriander (cilantro), chopped
2 cardamom pods, crushed slightly
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp garam masala
How to Make Lentil and Coriander Soup
1. Put a little oil in a saucepan. Add the cloves and cardamom pods. Cook for 30 seconds then add the chopped onion, chilli pepper and ginger. Fry gently until soft.
2. Add the turmeric,cumin, garam masala, carrot and lentils. Stir in and add boiling water from the kettle.
3. Simmer for 30 minutes then add the cabbage. Continue to simmer for another 20 minutes.
4. Add the frozen sweetcorn. As soon as the water reaches the boil again, take out two ladles of the soup. Blend in a food processor or with a stick blender and then return the pureed soup to the pan. Stir in the coriander and serve immediately