Top Rated Red Lentil Soup Recipes

 Perhaps it's because I'm married to a Southerner from Louisiana, but the idea of putting a leftover cooked ham bone and jalapeno pepper in an otherwise traditional Asian Indian curried red lentil (dal) soup recipe seemed like a worthwhile experiment.  It's freezing in New York going down to the twenties tonight so a nice warm soup -- that cooks in less than a half hour --  was high on my list. Better yet, this recipe was made with food that I had in the fridge --- avoiding a trip outside to the grocery store.   Play around with the amount of curry and the vegetables -- perhaps add some celery or cilantro or a can of garbanzo beans (I did which made the soup into a rich almost stew like meal). This recipe can be made vegan using vegetable stock and no ham, which is more like a traditional vegetarian dal.  RECIPE SECRET: The addition of the lemon juice at the end is a must!
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Curried Red Lentil Soup
Perhaps it's because I'm married to a Southerner from Louisiana, but the idea of putting a leftover cooked ham bone and jalapeño pepper in an otherwise traditional Asian Indian curried red lentil (dal) soup recipe seemed like a worthwhile experiment. When it's freezing out (like on the night I first made this recipe), a nice warm soup — that cooks in less than a half hour — is high on my list. Better yet, this recipe was made with food that I had in the fridge — avoiding a trip outside to the grocery store. Play around with the amount of curry andthe vegetables — perhaps add some celery or cilantro or a can of garbanzo beans (I did, which made the soup into a rich, almost stew-like meal). This recipe can be made vegan using vegetable stock and no ham, which is more like a traditional vegetarian dal. RECIPE SECRET: The addition of the lemon juice at the end is a must!
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Harry Zernike
I’ve often told my students that I could become a vegetarian if I lived in India. I love the way that country’s cooks take humble ingredients like okra, potatoes, spinach, and lentils and transform them with fragrant spices, yogurt, and fresh herbs. The following recipe is a good example. Red lentils, or dhal, and a medley of winter vegetables are simmered with spices in stock until tender. As they cook, the lentils lose their coral hue, and break down into a rough purée that thickens this soup.Recipe excerpted from Soup Nights: Satisfying Soups and Sides for Delicious Meals All Year by Betty Rosbottom, Rizzoli New York, 2016. Click here to purchase your own copy.
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