“Do you hate soups as much as I hate them?” Periphrase of the famous Russian quote “Do you love countryside as much as I do?” (Love-hate, countryside – soup).
I used to hate soups. Probably it is due my Soviet childhood. Soups didn’t look well those days: transparent (there were not much to put in), runny, with random pieces of potatoes and carrots, not tasty (Hello, school canteen!). I considered them a waste of time and space in the stomach.
All changed when I started to discover what really delicious, rich of tastes and character, aromatic, soups are. And was amazed.
One of my favourite types of soup is a Lentils soup. Lentils as it is was a great discovery as I wasn’t familiar with this beast who is now my frequent guest and a close friend.
ALLORA Ladies and Gentlemen…
- one cup of red lentils
- 3 cups of water
- Chicken stock
- Chopped tomatoes (1 can)
- Garlic (1 clove)
- 1 tb spoon of olive or a grapeseed oil
- grated parmesan
Rinse the lentils well.
Prepare a chicken stock – with the cube (dissolving it in the hot water) or the real chicken. Boil lentils for 15 min. While the lentils is cooking, prepare the spices.
I have already mentioned somewhere that spices give their aromas when you preheat them in a pan (dry or with a bit of oil) for a few min (may be 1 min). Thats how I do it: preheat on a dry pan for a minute or two, than add the olive oil and chopped onion and garlic. Cook for 2-3 min – the onion has to become golden and soft.
Simmer for a few (5-15) minutes. Cool down.
And now..tadaaammm!! the best part! That what makes the soup really interesting and incredibly tasty!!
Feel free to add a grated parmesan to your plate!
What to pay attention to:
Spices. You will have to experiment with them and find out the combination YOU prefer. E.g. I like a touch of cumin and some people would put a handful of it! Same with turmetic. Try and add more if you think will like it! Experiment!
It will take you only 30 min or less to make this soup from scratch! And requires minimum cooking skills. If you want a more nourishing version, add pieces of boiled chicken to the soup and also blend them together with the lentils. It will be great!