When Autumn starts to show, the cold is never far away. So to keep up with changes of temperatures, I have an easy solution : spices. Spices like turmeric or ginger are known for their health virtues of keeping you energised and of boosting your immune system. Today I give you my recipe of a nourishing ginger and carrot soup. It is flavoured with a touch of fresh coriander and texturised by red lentils. It is perfect for this time of year.
I admit, I had a bit of fun with making the texture of the soup. I wanted something creamy and that had a little something more, some lumps to give it some character. Who said that soups were boring?
So, when the lentils were perfectly cooked, still a bit crunchy and tender inside, I took them out of the broth while it was still cooking. I put the lentils back at the end, after I had blended the soup. It was a great idea, although it is completely optional.
Ready for this cheeky recipe?
Soupe carottes gingembre et lentilles corail
- 1 kg of carrots
- 5 cm of fresh ginger
- 75 g of red lentils
- 1 big onion
- A bunch of fresh coriander leaves
- 1 tsp of turmeric
- 1 tbsp of sunflower oil
- salt and pepper
- 1 L of water
Start by pealing and slicing the onion.
Brown the onion in the sunflower oil, do it in a medium/ big casserole dish.
In the meanwhile, cut the carrots (I wash them well but don't usually peal them).
When the onions are ready, add the carrots and turmeric.
Peal the ginger and cut it in thin slices.
Add it to the casserole with salt and pepper. Stir well.
Now add the water, cover the casserole dish and let it simmer for about ten minutes.
Add the lentils, stir well and let it cook for another ten minutes.
When the lentils are ready, take some of them out of the pan, save them for later. (This is optional.)
Leave the broth cook for another 10min, by then the carrots should be nice and soft.
Turn off the heat and add a few coriander leaves (save some for the dressing).
Blend the soup until really smooth. If the soup is too thick, you can add water while blending it.
Finally, add the lentils you had saved and dress the soup with more fresh coriander leaves.