Chef Joyce Mulligatawny Soup
Everywhere you turn, it's cold weather reports, new year's resolutions, health & fitness challenges, financial re-ealuations, and blue Mondays. A little comfort is needed so it's no wonder January is also known as 'Soup Month'.
Add in a pandemic, loss of in-person social connections, work & school at home, and a full lockdown - and better make that some soul-satisfying soup!
Without too much oversharing, I'm unearthing every great soup recipe I have these days! The vegetable chopping has become a kind of meditation for me, and my Overnight Sourdough is on repeat.
Chef Joyce's Mulligatawny Soup Recipe
Yield: 4 servings
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 cup onion, ¼” dice
- 1 carrot, peeled and diced
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp ginger, minced
- 1 small apple, peeled, cored and diced
- 3 plum tomatoes, diced
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ¼ tsp cardamom, ground
- ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
- ½ cup red lentils (uncooked)
- 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- ⅔ cup coconut milk
- ½ cup cilantro, leaves picked
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup toasted cashews, chopped
- ½ cup scallions, thinly sliced
- Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat.
- Add the onion, carrot, celery, jalapeno and salt.
- Saute for 10 minutes, or until the onions have softened.
- Add the wine and let it bubble away.
- Add the garlic, ginger, apples, and diced tomatoes to the pot.
- Saute for another 3 minutes, then add in all of the spices and toss to coat.
- Add in the lentils and broth and let the contents come to a boil.
- Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring frequently to keep the lentils from sticking.
- Puree about 75% of the ingredients using either an immersion blender or by blending some of the soup in a blender.
- Return the soup to the pot if needed, then stir in the coconut milk.
- Taste, and adjust salt and black pepper as needed.
- Serve topped with cashew and scallions
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