Curried Vegetable & Lentil Soup

A big thank you to everyone that’s been entering my giveaways! I love hosting giveaways on my blog so make sure you keep those entries coming… the more popular the giveaways are, the more likely it is that companies will offer me more great stuff to give away in the future 🙂

I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate the lucky winners of two recent giveaways…

Simona, winner of Joni Marie Newman & Celine Steen’s Home-Cooked Vegan Comfort Food

and

Susie W, winner of Chris & Carolyn Caldicott’s World Food Cafe Quick and Easy

The giveaway for Kathy Hester’s Vegan Slow Cooking For Two -or- Just for You is open until 31st October, so there’s still plenty of time to enter. This is the book that encouraged me to buy a slow cooker and I’m so pleased that I took the plunge! I’ve used it loads already for cooking main meals, large batches of beans, scrumptious rice puddings (a childhood favourite of mine!) and, of course, Kathy’s amazing Pumpkin Coconut Caramel Sauce.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading all your comments under the giveaway entries. I love the sound of so many of the foods that you’ve tried during your travels. We should definitely try and re-create them! I’ve also loved reading all about your favourite comfort foods. Curry and soups were popular responses, and I’m with you on those!

Now that the weather’s taken a turn for the worse here in the UK, I can feel the shift towards ‘comfort food’ mode in my cooking, and curries and soups are making weekly appearances on our table in one form or another. One of my current favourite dishes is a lightly curried vegetable and lentil soup. I think I’ve made this soup three times in as many weeks! We’ve been enjoying it at weekends, either for Saturday lunch or Sunday supper. I’ve been having the spare portions for lunch during the week, while Lil’ L’s been taking a flask of soup with him to school 🙂

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As well as tasting yummy, this soup is packed to the brim with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The addition of lentils also gives the soup a great iron and protein boost.

It’s a very filling soup, so it can easily be served as a main meal, alongside some chunky pieces of wholegrain bread or warm garlic bread.

Here’s how we make it:

 

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This recipe has been shared at Ricki Heller’s Wellness Weekend.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve posted a number of family-favourite soup recipes. Now that we’re in ‘soup season’ I thought I’d collate the recipes to make them easier to find. I’ve added a dedicated ‘Soups‘ page to the blog, which can be accessed via the Recipes page.

Next on my ‘to try’ list is a slow-cooked minestrone soup. I’ve seen some really cute wholegrain mini pasta stars in my local health food store that I’m dying to try out 🙂 Have you been making any soups lately? What’s your all-time favourite soup?

 

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12 Responses to Curried Vegetable & Lentil Soup

  1. This looks so warming and I love the spices! I totally agree about the comfort food – 5 degrees this morning when I got in the car, Winter’s definitely on it’s way!
    I’ve made vegan cream of tomato soup and roasted red onion and butternut squash soups recently, they’re on my blog – I guess there may be a few more appearing!
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    • Yes, winter’s definitely on its way. I guess it’s time to pack away the summer clothes (starting with my holiday suitcase that is still on my bedroom floor unpacked!!!)
      Both your soups sound amazing! I don’t think I’ve had cream of tomato soup since going dairy-free, but I used to love it as a kid. Definitely going to check out your recipes!
      Have a great weekend xx

  2. Congratulations to the winners! I hope to win one of your giveaways someday! Mmmm, I would love the curried veggie & lentil soup with some garlicky & parsley bread 🙂 🙂 I love bread & Indian garam masala (so good in Japanese curries, too)

    My all-time favorite soup is the one that you just saw today 🙂 Made it once a week here in Buenos Aires….cheap, easy, and hearty! Love it with rustic bread, too from a French bakery.

    • I’d love you to win one of my giveaways too! It’s got to happen one day 😉
      I bought a big bag of fine cornmeal the other day, so I’m really looking forward to trying your bean stew & fried polenta recipe. Definitely putting it on the menu for next week 🙂
      Have a great weekend Rika xx

  3. Yum! This is just the kind of food I am craving right now! I usually just make a really simple chunky root vegetable soup, I just throw in whatever is lying around the fridge 😛
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    • That’s what I love about soups… they’re so versatile that you can pretty much throw in any vegetable and it’ll turn out fine. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad tasting soup.
      Here’s wishing you a great weekend in your new home xx

  4. I love soup of any kind! Thick and creamy soups, hearty bean soups, light summer soups and noodle soups…
    This looks like it’s packed with flavour. I love your Indian-style serve-ware too 🙂
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    • I know I’ve said this before, but we’ve got such similar tastes when it comes to food! I adore soups too, in any shape or form 🙂
      A friend of mine bought me a lot of the Indian stainless steel serve-ware for my birthday last year (it’s fab for photos!) but they also sell it in the Kitchen shop in Bath (downstairs). It’s really good value. I love it!
      Have a great weekend Emma. Stay dry! xx

  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you for telling us about Kathy Hester’s book! Mine came in the post a couple days ago – excited! I have a gigantic slow cooker, but have since become the proud owner of 2 small slow cookers. Everybody needs to have this cook book!

    Cheers,
    Nikkii
    Melbourne, Australia

    • I’m so pleased to hear how much you’re enjoying Kathy Hester’s slow cooker book 😀 I found it so inspiring as I’d never thought of cooking anything other than soups and stews in a slow cooker before. I adore her pumpkin coconut caramel sauce (just about to make my second batch!) and love making slow cooker rice puddings. Kathy’s other slow cooker book is definitely going on my Xmas Wish List!

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