Curried Lentil Soup

Curried Lentil Soup
Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 6
A wonderful rich lentil soup. The flavors are highlighted with fresh lemon.
  • 3 TBS olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped, divided in two
  • 2 TBS curry powder
  • 1 cup French green lentils, washed
  • 4¼ cups of water
  • 1 15-16 oz can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 2 TBS ghee or olive oil
  • Garnishes: 2 green onions, thinly sliced, 1 lemon cut into 6 wedges
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onion and carrot; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until onion is translucent, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Add half of chopped garlic; stir until vegetables are soft but not brown, about 4 minutes longer. Add 2 tablespoons curry powder; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add lentils and 4 cups water. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Increase heat and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, puree chickpeas, lemon juice, ¼ cup water, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, and remaining garlic in processor.
  3. Add chickpea puree and butter to lentil soup. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and additional curry powder, if desired. Add water by ¼ cupfuls to thin to desired consistency. DO AHEAD: soup can be made up to 1 day ahead. Cool, cover, and refrigerate. Rewarm before continuing.
  4. Divide soup among bowls. Sprinkle with thinly sliced green onions and serve with lemon wedges.