Lentilsoup is probably my number one signature dish. Sjoerd loves it, I cook it for dinner parties, I serve it when I cook for yoga retreats and it’s one of those dishes you can just whip up in no time, without too much preparation (although it’s better to soak the lentils before using them). I first made this recipe after returning from a festival where they had lentil soup. I figured mine had to be spicy, creamy, simple and cheap so I would be able to have most of the ingredients ready whenever I want to make something easy and soothing.
Although simple cooking is not a goal in itself for me, you can clearly see most of my recipes stem from improvisation and therefor don’t require a lot of shopping, planning and preparation. I have other recipes, some of which will soon be translated as well, that are even simpler to make. I will never claim to have only dishes you can cook in under 15 minutes or with less than a certain amount of ingredients, because I like exceptions to every rule in the book, but a lot of the readers of my blog and book comment on how easy my dishes are. For me it’s just important my cooking is ‘honest’ and that it tastes good! I hope you like it!
Spicy Coconut Lentilsoup
Makes 2 or 3 cups
1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
3 small or 2 big red onions, diced
2 tbsp sweet curry powder
400 ml (1 2/3 cup) coconut cream
150 grams (3/4 cup) green lentils (preferably soaked overnight, but don’t worry about it if you didn’t)
150 grams (2/3 cup) diced tomatoes
750 ml (3 1/4 cup) vegetable stock
1 tsp cilantro
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1 cup frozen peas
Saute the onions and curry powder in the oil for 1 minute. Add the stock, coconut cream, tomatoes and lentils (rinse the lentils if you’ve soaked them). Wait 5 minutes and add the rest of the spices. Let it cook for about 30 to 40 minutes. Check if your lentils are soft enough (you don’t want to have to chew your soup) and blend it until smooth. Add the peas and let them heat up in the soup.
Serve with a spoonful of coconut cream.
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