This recipe for lentil soup came to me in a bit of recipe-related serendipity.
See, we were unusually low on groceries, but I had this 1-pound bag of brown lentils and a green pepper, so I thought some soup would be good for dinner, as it would last a couple days until I got to the store. I hadn’t yet decided what direction I was going to go with it, seasoning-wise, and then this recipe appeared in the newspaper that morning. At any given time, I have a gerbillion spices in the house, so despite not having a lot of other ingredients, this worked out quite well. Here is how I adapted the recipe:
Indian-Spiced Lentil Soup
- 1 pound lentils (around 2-2 1/2 cups, I used regular brown ones)
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 5 garlic cloves, chopped
- 10 cups chicken/vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup basmati rice (aka, I had that much hanging around and decided to toss it in)
- 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
- 1/4 cup olive oil (though I was out and used around 3 tbsp. canola)
- 2 large bay leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon dried cilantro (or fresh, if you have it)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
Give everything a good stir and let it cook in the slow-cooker on low for 6-8 hours. Remove the bay leaves before serving. It’s also good with a dollop of sour cream stirred in, or I’m sure plain yogurt would also work well. This makes around 8-10 not-small servings. It also tastes very good the next day.
4 replies on “Get in My Belly: Indian-Spiced Lentil Soup (Slow-Cooker)”
Oh man, lentil soup in the crockpot was my go-to food in undergrad. Basically my recipe was onions, garlic, lentils, and whatever veggies and broth I had in the fridge. It was super cheap and tasty. I will have to give this one a try, it sounds great!
The cinnamon and cloves make it smell so good too.
I need to try this next weekend. Â I will let you know how this turns out as I’m not much of a cook.
This looks like it has a lot of ingredients, but it’s mainly just the spices that make it look that way. As far as soup recipes go, you should find it pretty easy, especially since the crock pot does most of the work. I hope you like it!