Wednesday, March 27, 2013

red lentil soup .with kale.

how was your day? i had an okay day.
i tried to drink more tea than coffee. i didn't spill anything on myself. i roasted a head of cauliflower and ate the whole thing off the pan, standing in the kitchen zoning out.
and i have soup leftovers.
this is life.

and this lentil soup is one of my most favorites.

Red Lentil Soup with Kale

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
 1 cup carrots, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp hot curry powder
pinch cayenne
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 lbs red lentils
3 quarts vegetable stock
lacinato kale, a small bunch, stems removed and roughly chopped
black pepper
lemon or lime juice

heat oil in a large soup pot on medium heat. saute the onion and garlic for a couple minutes, then add the cumin, coriander, curry powder,  celery and carrots, and cook stirring for a few minutes longer, until everything is sweated and fragrant. stir in the tomatoes, bring to simmer and cook, stirring often, 10 minutes, add salt. stir in the lentils and stock. stir in the lentils and stock and bring to a boil. reduce heat, add the kale and cover, simmering for about 30 minutes. add more salt to taste. add black pepper, about 1/2 teaspoon. stir in a tbsp or two of lemon or lime juice. serve. 
i like it with some diced red onion, siracha, and a scoop of yogurt. and flatbread. 

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