Lentil soup is a staple in my house. I always have the ingredients on hand and the preparation time is quick. For this curried lentil soup, I used flavorful spices to give it a little kick.
Curry is a unique blend of both savory and sweet spices. Different brands of curry powder will include different spices. The one I used included cumin, coriander, turmeric, fenugreek, mace, ginger, cayenne, pepper, mustard, and cinnamon. There is a good amount of heat within these spices so be sure to taste before adding any extra heat!
The flavor base of this dish is called a mirepoix, which is a combination of onions, carrots, and celery. The vegetables are first cooked down and then the curry spices are added.
This dish is not only delicious, but good for you. Lentils have been named one of the five healthiest foods. Like other legumes, they are high in protein (about 30% of their calories come from protein). They are also high in amino acids and iron. Eat up!