Lentil soup may not look like the most attractive soup in the world, but it certainly has a unique taste and combination which always makes you go back wanting more.
Chop carrots and onions and measure the rest of the ingredients.
Pour some oil in the pan and wait for it to heat up. Chop up your onion and stir it into your hot pan. Keep stir frying until it turns to a light brown colour.
Once your onions look golden, add in the chopped up vegetables.
Give it some time at this stage for the vegetables to fry and soften up. 6-7 minutes should do the job.
Now you can add tomatoes in. I use canned and chopped tomatoes which would work perfectly for this recipe.
Now you can add lentils. If you were looking to speed up your cooking process, you could have soaked your lentils in water from before.
At this last stage, stir in 3 cups of water along with spices and give it around 30 minutes so the lentils fully cook. Of course this time is approximate and really depends on what kind of lentils you are using and how long it takes for them to cook.
When the lentils are soft, you can see most of the water is evaporated and the soup has a thick and soft texture, you know your soup is ready.
Finally, add some lemon juice to the soup and remove it from the heat.
You can use pieces of toasted bread along side this soup.
Tips and tricks
- If you prefer a thicker texture, you can take out two cups of the soup and crush it with a blender. Adding it back into the soup will give your soup a thicker and creamier texture.
Background & History
This soup is super healthy because of its nutritions, protein and low fat. It also has a lot of fibre which greatly helps the digestive system. This food is an excellent source of protein for vegetarians.