Moroccan Lentil Soup

Yesterday it was raining, and so of course I thought of soup. Something with lentils, cauliflower and kale sounded really good, so I did a search and got this recipe:

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/250621/moroccan-lentil-soup/

I had to make a few adjustments to fit what I had in my pantry — like we all do! — but it came out great. I added an extra teaspoon of ground coriander because some of the comments on the recipe said it needed a bit more spice, and one of my favorite Indian curry recipes uses 2 parts coriander for 1 part cumin so I decided to bump that up. I used frozen cauliflower so I partially cooked it in the microwave first so I wouldn’t bring the temperature of the soup down, and so I could chop it up a bit more before adding to the soup. I also added a tablespoon of soy sauce — a helpful ingredient if you are not using homemade stock. Below is the recipe as I made it.

Ingredients:

1 large red onion, chopped
3 medium carrots, chopped
4 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
black pepper to taste
8 cups water
2 teaspoons Vegetable Better-Than-Bullion
1 tablespoon soy sauce (my own addition)
1 12-oz package frozen cauliflower
1-3/4 cups lentils
1/2 (or more) of a 16 oz package of chopped kale
14-oz can diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (I did not add this because I didn’t have it.)
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. “Saute” onions and carrots in bottom of soup kettle, using a little water if they start to stick, until they are softened (about 10 minutes). Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon and pepper, cook one more minute.
  2. Add water, bouillon, soy sauce, cauliflower, lentils, kale, tomatoes and tomato paste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until lentils are tender (about 45 to 55 minutes).
  3. Just before serving stir in cilantro and lemon juice.

Here is the finished product:

It came out more stew-like than soup like so you may wish to add more water.

P.S. This is day two of my 21 day diet/blogging challenge!

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