I am feeling a few sparkles short of a twinkle today, so I wanted something easy to eat that is nourishing and doesn’t involve too much energetic chewing or digesting. Perfect! Mulligatawny soup. Actually my Dad loves curry things, so this one is for him too, Hi Dad!
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small brown onion, peeled and chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 stick celery, chopped,
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 cup diced pumpkin
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon curry powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground dried ginger
pinch of cardamom powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3/4 cup red lentils
2 litres water or stock (I used my last two consomme pods to make a chicken stock)
300ml coconut cream
Pop the olive oil in a medium sized pot, add the onion, carrot and celery, saute until you have some nice colour, but no burning! We want some nice caramel, not bitter, charred bits. Add the garlic and the thyme, combine all of the dried spices in a small bowl and stir them in too, give it a good stir around and let that all have a chat and get acquainted until the spices start to release their fragrance, you will know when. Tumble in the apple, tomato, water or stock, lentils and a good grind of black pepper, bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for at least 45 minutes or until you are so hungry you can’t wait anymore. Using a stick blender, blend it up a bit, not too much, you want it sort of semi chunky, not smooth, but not too chunky either. Stir in the coconut cream and season to taste. I topped mine with our Sesamesan sprinkle we made yesterday, just to give it a little calcium boost and because I love the sesame-ness of it.
This is such a lovely soup to me, the apples lend a touch of tart acidity that would be sadly missing if we used something like a potato here, and I know that this is a lot of dry spices, but this soup is so good you will want to make it more than once, especially as it is one of those that freezes really beautifully for those nights when we simply cannot be bothered cooking, and really, just look at those ingredients, I am feeling more sparkly just looking at them.