Monday, February 20, 2012

Thai Coconut Curry Lentil Soup

N made this awesome soup for us.  He looked in our cupboards to see what we had on hand to cook with, and then took things from there.  I picked up the sweet potato and ginger on my way home from barre class, but that was all we needed.  He said that he read that the best way to figure out what to have for dinner is to see what you have first and then pick the recipe, rather than pick a recipe first.  If this soup is what happens if you live by that rule, then I will make sure I always have lentils and coconut milk on hand.  The soup was delicious, creamy and slightly sweet.  N was pretty proud of his handy work and I thought it was cute that he sent the recipe around to all of his buddies, with notes on the substitutions he made.

Thai Coconut Curry Lentil Soup
Adapted heavily by N from Ottawa West Nutrition

1 tablespoon coconut oil (substitute: olive oil)
3 good sized shallots, diced
2 teaspoon minced ginger
2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 to 4 teaspoons Thai red curry paste (depending on your spice preference)
5 cups water
1 can brown lentils
1 large sweet potato, cut into 1/2″ pieces
1 cup diced carrots
Sea salt to taste
2/3 of a regular can of coconut milk
1/3 cup of finely chopped cilantro (we just used it for garnish)
Juice from half a lime
(Couple squirts of hot sauce, but maybe preferable to add to your own dish after it's served)

Heat oil in a medium saucepan.  Add the onions, ginger and garlic.  Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.  Stir in Thai red curry paste, and cook several minutes or until fragrant.  Add water, lentils, potatoes and carrots.  Bring to boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook about 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are soft.  Add salt and stir in coconut milk.  Cook five more minutes. Squeeze in lime juice and a bit of hot sauce.

1 comment:

  1. I think I will try making this tonight, don't have many groceries, but definitely have some lentils and coconut milk!


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