Red lentil soup | La tarte maison

I've been a soup addict forever. With the exception of those with mushrooms, I can say that I appreciate them all, with any ingredient. To hit me with this one Red Lentil Soup it was the photography (and it didn't just strike me judging by what I saw it going around on Pinterest) then I read the ingredients and I fell in love with it, but from lei blows to the heart are always lurking. Then some time passed…

Opening the pantry there was the usual sad, slightly saggy bag with a couple of handfuls of red lentils inside, almost all the ingredients in front of me, a little time available to follow the recipe, photograph it and eat it calmly. It also took a short time because in 40 minutes it was done, the funny thing was going out of the kitchen and crossing the corridor and feeling that the perfume released by my hair and clothes was the same one I smelled on African or Middle Eastern women who they meet at the market or on the street. I smiled to myself thinking that the recipe was perfect.

Happy weekend!

Turkish Red Lentil Soup

for 2 people

  • 130 g of hulled red lentils
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • vegetable broth to taste (about 1/2 liter)
  • powdered ginger, paprika, cumin, mustard seeds, curry, salt, pepper to taste
  • mint and lemon to serve (I used parsley)

Wash the lentils under running water and drain them well. Finely chop onion and carrot. Heat the oil in a saucepan and stew the vegetables with the peeled and halved garlic for about 10 minutes. Add the tomato paste, spices and cook for a few minutes, stirring. Add the lentils and cover with the hot broth.
Bring to the boil, lower the heat and cook with the lid on for about 30 minutes, until the lentils begin to break down. If necessary, add a little more broth. Season with salt and pepper, and if necessary add a little more spices to your taste.
Serve with fresh chopped mint and a spoonful of lemon (I didn't have mint and I added parsley but she highly recommends mint, let it be known).


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