Subsequent to my impassioned Ode to Lentils post last week, a few of you asked for recipes so here goes! This soup is also one of the best bits about Autumn, so it fits nicely with my Autumnal theme too! Party.
The fresh ginger, zingy lemon and lovely golden colour of Turkish Lentil soup makes this my staple Autumn soup. I learned how to make this at cooking classes in uni, and lived off it for months at a time; so Its also very cheap to make. I love this soup so much that I look forward to it all summer!
Recipe (with a running commentary)
Makes a big load:
You need (and this is no exact science- you can kind of make it up)
1/4 tsp Turmeric (gives it colour)
1/4 tsp Nutmeg (makes it rich)
1/4 tsp Curry powder (bit of a kick)
1/4 tsp chilli powder (more of a kick)
500 grams red lentils (makes it wholesome)
Can of chick peas (just for kicks)
8 small onions (makes it healthy and tasty)
4 big cloves of garlic (adds richness and a bit of stinky breath- sorry)
A fair chunk of ginger, maybe an inch? (Really lovely and gingery, surprisingly)
Stock of your choice (well... its just stock, isnt it)
Fresh lemon juice to taste (THIS PART IS ESSENTIAL! Gives it a 'I miss summer but I like Autumn too' zing!)
Put the garlic, ginger and all spices in a big pan and fry for a couple of min's (don't burn the spices)
Add onions and cook very slowly on lowish heat for about 10 mins
Add the lentils and stir them around for a bit (The crunchy lentils with soft onion combo is strangely quite satisfying)
Then cover with stock/ water and stock cube (about an inch above the mush) and simmer for about 20 mins. (You can have it quite watery or quite lentilly- its up to you. We like it a bit watery)
Add lemon juice to taste. (add it a bit at a time- you don't want to blow your head off in a lemony explosion)
Y TO THE UM. de to the lish. And other hip hop versions of tasty.
We like to eat it with warmed pitta breads spread with hummous. In fact- this is definitely how you should eat it. Not a suggestion but an order! (wow- maybe I should stay away from recipes, apparently im a recipe Nazi!)