Spiced Lentil Soup Recipe
No Food Waste - Spiced Lentil Soup
By Meliz Cooks
If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know that one thing I cannot bear is food waste. So for International Food Loss & Waste Day, I'm sharing a few of my top tips & hacks to make the most out of any odds and ends in your fridge, which you can use to make the deliciously simple store-cupboard and freezer-friendly Soup.
Top Non-Food-Waste Tips:
Dissolve the stock cubes in the boiling water and leave to one side.
Add the olive oil to a soup pan on a low-med heat and once hot, soften the finely chopped carrots, celery and onion for 8-10 mins. Add the ginger, turmeric and ginger to the pan and soften for a minute or so until they start to release their aroma. Add the cumin, pul biber and sweet red pepper paste to the pan and stir for a couple of mins until the paste is fully mixed into the softened vegetables.
Next, add the lentils to the pan and stir well so that they are fully coated in all the ingredients in the pan and you can smell all the spices and flavours coming together.
Add the pre-prepared stock to the pan, give everything a good stir, bring up to the boil then simmer on a low heat for 30-40 mins until everything has thickened, ensuring to scrape off any foam that rises to the top.
Turn off the heat, add the salt, black pepper and lemon juice to the pan, then blend the soup with a hand blender until it reaches a deliciously smooth consistency.
To make the chilli butter, add the butter to a small pan and place over a low-medium heat and once it has melted, stir through the pul biber and dried mint, allow the spices to infuse the butter for 30 seconds, then stir again before drizzling over the bowls of hot soup before serving. Alternatively, add all of the chilli butter ingredients to a small mug and place in the microwave cook on high for 30-40 seconds until fully melted.
Ladle the soup into bowls, stir through (a cube of frozen or a tbsp of fresh) very finely chopped flat leaf parsley. Taste, and add more fresh lemon juice if you wish. Pop in some crispy fried bread croutons, drizzle over the chilli butter and garnish with a sprinkling of pul biber, dried mint, black pepper.
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