When the wind is blowing and the snow is falling, I like to whip up batches of things to keep me warm. One of my favorites is Lentil Soup. I recently talked with a woman who cooks delicious German food. I didn’t know this until recently, but apparently lentil soup is popular in Germany.
Unfortunately, for all those who love the German recipe, this is the traditional German dish. However, that does not mean it is not delicious. This is my favorite type of soup to make any day of the week and I know I would be happy if I ate it at least three times a week.
The flavors in this recipe reminds me of an Indian flavor, there is no curry powder, but it is ‘warm’ tasting and full of spice.
*2 Tbsp Olive Oil (or coconut)
*2 Large carrots diced
*2 Ribs celery (diced)
1 Green pepper
*1 Small potato (I prefer sweet potato)
*1 tsp. Cumin
*1 tsp. Chili powder
*3/4 tsp. Ground Allspice
*1 Bay leaf
*1 1/2 c. Dried and rinsed lentils
*6 c. Vegetable stock or chicken broth
*Salt and Pepper to taste
Directions: Saute onion in oil until onion is translucent. Once sautéed, add carrots, celery, and green pepper to onion/oil mixture. Saute for three minutes. Add chopped potato and spices. Saute for 1-3 minutes. After second sauté, add bay leaf, lentils, stock, salt, and pepper. Bring to boil and turn to low. Let simmer for 1 hour. Enjoy with homemade rolls or a salad.