Curried Red Lentil Soup
Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, jalapeno, curry powder, cinnamon, cumin and bay leaves and cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes more.Advertisement
Stir in lentils and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, until the lentils are tender, about 45 minutes.
Discard bay leaves. Stir in cilantro (or parsley) and lemon juice. Season with pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with yogurt and chutney (if using).
Ingredient notes: Red lentils are excellent in soups, salads and vegetarian stews. You can find them in the natural-foods section of your supermarket or in natural-foods stores.
Look for mango chutney in the Indian section of the supermarket. Not sure what else to do with mango chutney? Whisk some with yogurt for a quick dressing, dip or marinade. Or serve with grilled meat, fish or chicken.
1 1/2 starch, 1/2 vegetable, 1 1/2 lean meat, 1/2 fat