Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sis-in-Law's Soupe Indienne - Indian Coconut Lentil Soup

Indian Coconut Lentil Soup
D went on a chopping rampage.  He decided that since he was making sauce and Ratatouille he'd do this soup as well since all the recipes were chopping heavy.  That seems like an efficient and good idea except for the person on the other end of the "I cook, you clean" bargain.   This recipe comes from my sister in law, which is weird  because she NEVER cooks.  Though she may protest that statement, I would say it's a fair one.  Her hubbo, J-L does 99% of the cooking and is awesome at it.  Good deal.  I wonder if this is actually J-L's recipe :^P  It is very tasty but if were upto me, I would make the optional Chili Flakes a part of the soup recipe and not optional.  It feels light and healthy even with the Coconut Milk.  I highly recommend you try it.

Soupe Indienne (Indian Coconut Lentil Soup)

2 c Lentils, dry (Orange or Yellow)
1 large Onion, chopped fine
1 1/2 T grated Ginger
6 cloves Garlic, minced
1 14 oz tin of Tomatoes, w the Juice
2 l Vegetable Broth (or Chicken if you prefer)
1 t Cumin
1 t Ground Coriander
1 1/2 t Curry Powder
1/2 t Cinnamon
1 tin Coconut Milk
1/2-1 T Sunflower Oil
1 Chipotle Chile, chopped (no Adobo sauce, D's addition to recipe)
Salt and Pepper
1 Lime
Fresh Cilantro, garnish
1 t toasted Coconut flakes  per bowl, garnish
Red Chili Flakes, garnish

In a large pot, heat half the oil on medium high heat.  Cook the Garlic, Onions until just transparent. Add the other half the Oil and add the Spices, Ginger and the Lentils.  Stir for a minute. 

Add the Tomatoes.  You can either run a knife around the can before adding them or as we do, squash each Tomato as you put it into the pot then pour in the liquid after.  Add the Vegetable Broth.

Bring just to a boil then reduce.  Simmer uncovered for 30-45 minutes. 
Add the Coconut Milk.  Season to taste with Salt and Pepper.  Add the juice of the Lime.
Serve with fresh Cilantro and Toasted Coconut Flakes.   (And if you like, Red Chili Flakes.  That was just me tho, not D)



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