This is EXCELLENT. It's on my stove right now, keeping until dinner. I've already eaten a bowl because I couldn't wait! The texture of this is nice and smooth--a bit of grain depending on how finely you process the ingredients once they've cooked. Because I can never make a recipe as is, I added about four cloves of garlic and also a few red pepper flakes (probably a teaspoon.) I also used chicken stock to replace about half of the water, although I realize that changes the vegetarian part of this recipe. THANKS for posting!
Yummy! I did alter a bit though. Instead of the spices recommemded, I used about a tablespoon of Garam Masala, half tablespoon of fresh grated ginger, and 2 teaspoons of ground cumin and salt to taste. Lovely flavors that are warm and satisfying!
Very hearty, filling soup. Easy to make, too. I added a few cloves of garlic, and used vegetable broth for part of the liquid. Only downside is the appearance: brown puree is not the most attractive thing. Oh well, at least it tastes good!
My wife is vegetarian and I am a meat eater, but this was great for both of us. I used half vegetable stock and half water for more flavor. Very hearty and easy to make. Will definately make again on a cold winter day.
This soup is very heart and filling! I think it's simple, yet delicious! Very nice and it pleased my mom immensely, so I'm just thrilled right now! I omitted the cayenne pepper and used a whole lot more of thyme leaves, I would say about 1-2 tsps. more than stated in the recipe. I made this using red lentils(masoor dal). Since I don't really like to put the soup through a blender, I served it after it had boiled nicely and the lentils were tender. Thank you so much, Auntie Sara! Loved this one way too much! A special THANK YOU to Uncle Miller as well for sending me a bottle of dried thyme leaves from which I used some in this soup! I loved them!THANK YOU!
Wonderfully hearty soup as the first snow of the season falls outside! I used Italian seasoning instead of thyme and did not use a bay leaf (apparently I have run out) or the cayenne. I used a hand-held immersion blender to blend it some so it was not as pureed as if I had used a food processor, but it fit our needs nicely. I also used slightly less of the celery and more carrots, and I used 3 cans of chicken broth and 1 can of water. I accidentally left it boiling for too long and a lot of liquid boiled off, so I added another can of chicken broth. I let it simmer while other things cooked so it actually simmer for over an hour. With some hearty bread this was a really nice dinner.
Like Charisma, I did not blend the soup. The result is a very nice, hearty, subtle soup with an interesting structure. This soup is best if left overnight and re-heated the next day. A tip for people who like their vegetables slightly crunchier but don't want to wait: use tinned lentils (ca. 2 lbs). Put all ingredients in a pot, bring it to a boil and immediately switch off the heat. Allow the soup to cool (without a lid to prevent the soup from turning sour) and keep it refrigerated. Next day, just reheat it and the vegetables and lentils will have just the right consistency.
This was really good but needed more liquid to be a soup. My DH isn't a fan of soup so I left it that was and we loved it!
This soup recipe is a good start. To keep it vegan I added one envelop of onion soup mix, 1/4 tsp each of cumin, coriander and turmeric and then 4 big cloves of garlic. It turned out GREAT! love this and will be making it again!
As healthy as lentils are, and as health conscious as I am, I really wish I enjoyed eating them. I do eat them, but I can't say that I enjoy it. So, needless to say, I was hesitant with this recipe and wondered if there was a chance this recipe would make a lentil lover out of me. I made exactly as directed, with the addition of 1 cup of chopped zucchini and extra cayenne pepper. I cooked it for about 45 minutes, and then used an immersion blender to puree. I tasted it and felt so-so about it, but after another sprinkle of sea salt and further pureeing... voila! Delicious soup, and I've had 2 bowls of it already! Thanks for making me like lentils!