Curried Red Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk is creamy with a subtle curry flavour. This soup is rich in protein, healthy and nutritious.
Curried Red Lentil is hearty and delicious. Curry flavoured and has a richness from coconut milk.
Remember my previous post on Poached pears in Cranberry juice where I talked about our menu on the weekend post-Diwali. The weather was gloomy and cold. And what could be a better way to welcome your guest with a warm bowl of soup.
I guess in India dal/ lentils is an integral part of the daily menu. Rice, dal and a curry is a simple Indian menu. A simple dal to Andhra style sour Pappu(Spicy and tangy lentils) I love them all. Dal/lentils being a good source of protein, it is always a healthy option too.
But when you do a makeover to the regular dal and call it as a soup then you need to sound convincing to your folks. There has to be an interesting twist to it. Believe me, it was enjoyed by everyone.
Addition of coconut milk brings a creamy and rich texture. I also added some crispy curried chickpeas to give some texture to it.
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- 1.5 cups red lentil
- 250 ml coconut milk
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion medium sized chopped
- , 5 cloves garlic minced - 6
- 1 carrot large , chopped
- 1 red bell pepper
- 2 Tomatoes medium , blanched and chopped
- ½ tsp turmeric
- 1.5 tsps curry powder
- ½ tsp cumin powder
- 1 - 2 green chilli chopped
- 1 tsp thyme dried
- ½ cup chickpea cooked
- to taste salt
- Soak lentils/dal in water for 1 hour.
- In a pan add 1 tbsp oil. Add chopped garlic (4 cloves, keep rest for later use). Once it starts to brown, add chopped onions. Let it cook until it is transparent. Add tomatoes. mix well.
- Add chopped carrot, red bell pepper. Cook for 5-6 minutes. Add Soaked lentil. All turmeric, 1 tsp curry powder, cumin powder, chopped green chilli. Give it a good mix and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add enough water, so that lentil is completely covered with water. Let the lentil cook until it is completely done.
- At this point, if you don't want any chunks of vegetables, mash the veggies using a potato masher or back of a spoon. (I like it bit chunky though)
- Once the lentil is cooked through, add coconut milk. Adjust water to get the desired consistency. Add salt and dried thyme. Let it cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Switch of the gas.
- For crispy Chickpea topping: In a small pan put .5 tsp oil, add chopped garlic. let it get aromatic. Add cooked chickpea, remaining curry powder and a little salt. Fry till chickpeas feel slightly crispy.