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Red Lentil & Caramelized Onion Soup

EatingWell Fast & Flavorful Meatless Meals (2011)

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Fresh lime juice balances out the creamy, mellow sweetness of this pureed lentil and carrot soup. Caramelized onions, crisp snow peas, cilantro and sliced hard-boiled eggs are a flavorful and beautiful topping. Serve with warm whole-wheat naan or roti bread.


Red Lentil & Caramelized Onion Soup Recipe

4 Reviews for Red Lentil & Caramelized Onion Soup

03/09/2013
Anonymous
Tasty with some tweaking

Contrary to the other review posted here, I found this to be a light yet filling and flavorful soup with just some minor tweaking. I followed the recipe to the letter with the following two exceptions: adding half of a red bell pepper (chopped) in with the carrots and lentils just because I had it and wanted to use it somehow and NOT doing the snow pea and egg topping. That is the one thing I can agree with the other reviewer on: omit the toppings from the recipe entirely, they are a bad fit for this otherwise delicious soup. Other than that, the tweaks made were: added a smidge more tumeric than called for, probably added more salt than listed in the recipe (I salt to taste with soups these days), and I like my food spicier, so I added some (1 tsp.?) Spice Island Spicy Curry Powder (an inauthentic cop-out, I know) as well as some habanero hot sauce. Neither made this even remotely close to outrageously hot, but I do think it added some depth, especially with the Spicy Curry Powder. If one likes thicker, more-like-pea-soup soup, I would say maybe cook off a little more water or don't add the full 8 cups in at the beginning. While it was thinner than I might've been expecting, it was not a bad thing nor did it detract from the flavor.

Also, I don't know what kind of lentils the other reviewer was using, but if you are using red lentils, it definitely should not be brown... especially given the bright yellow tumeric. And yes, caramelizing onions really does take a while... so just start them at the beginning of the whole soup making process on low heat, and you'll be fine. You also don't need to stir them as frequently then either.

You should probably like Indian or Indian-inspired food to like this soup; if you do, you might wanna give this soup a chance. I'm glad I didn't listen to the other reviewer and did so myself.

healthy, delicious, indian-inspired, meatless
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03/09/2013
Anonymous
Tasty with some tweaking

Contrary to the other review posted here, I found this to be a light yet filling and flavorful soup with just some minor tweaking. I followed the recipe to the letter with the following two exceptions: adding half of a red bell pepper (chopped) in with the carrots and lentils just because I had it and wanted to use it somehow and NOT doing the snow pea and egg topping. That is the one thing I can agree with the other reviewer on: omit the toppings from the recipe entirely, they are a bad fit for this otherwise delicious soup. Other than that, the tweaks made were: added a smidge more tumeric than called for, probably added more salt than listed in the recipe (I salt to taste with soups these days), and I like my food spicier, so I added some (1 tsp.?) Spice Island Spicy Curry Powder (an inauthentic cop-out, I know) as well as some habanero hot sauce. Neither made this even remotely close to outrageously hot, but I do think it added some depth, especially with the Spicy Curry Powder. If one likes thicker, more-like-pea-soup soup, I would say maybe cook off a little more water or don't add the full 8 cups in at the beginning. While it was thinner than I might've been expecting, it was not a bad thing nor did it detract from the flavor.

Also, I don't know what kind of lentils the other reviewer was using, but if you are using red lentils, it definitely should not be brown... especially given the bright yellow tumeric. And yes, caramelizing onions really does take a while... so just start them at the beginning of the whole soup making process on low heat, and you'll be fine. You also don't need to stir them as frequently then either.

You should probably like Indian or Indian-inspired food to like this soup; if you do, you might wanna give this soup a chance. I'm glad I didn't listen to the other reviewer and did so myself.

healthy, delicious, indian-inspired, meatless
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07/17/2012
Why do recipe writers lie and lie and lie about how long it takes to caramelize onions?
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02/26/2012
Anonymous
Worst thing I ever ate

This was a waste of time and money. It had a very unappetizing, runny brown look. It tasted bland. The ingredients were so random and awful it was practically gag-inducing. Why in the world would you top this tasteless brown mess with hard boiled eggs, onions, and snap peas of all things? I thought it would all come together somehow but the recipe turned out far worse than I could have imagined.

I ended up literally flushing the entire pot down the toilet. Healthy soup doesn't have to be this disgusting.

Healthy
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