“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.”
― Anais Nin
Belly Warming Red Lentil Soup
Inspired by Madhur Jaffrey’s famous cookbook World Vegetarian. This soup is very easy to make, and very nourishing, grounding and calming for the mind and emotions. You can serve it with a side of Ayurvedic steamed greens or coriander chutney, if desired. Serves 2-4
2 teaspoons ghee or olive oil
½ small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1” fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon garam masala (optional)
2 carrots, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
1 celery stick, halved and diced
1 small potato, turnip, parsnip, or sweet potato, diced
1 cup red split lentils, washed and drained
4 cups water or vegetable stock
½ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Fresh lemon or lime
Heat a medium pot over medium-high heat and add the ghee or olive oil. When it's hot, add the onion, garlic and ginger and saute for 2-3 minutes, until the onion softens and begins to brown.
Add the cumin, coriander and turmeric and stir for 10 seconds. Add the carrot, celery, and potato and stir for a few seconds.
Add the lentils and water or stock, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover partially and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are soft.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Use a whisk to gently beat the soup, breaking up the lentils for a velvety consistency.
Serve with a squeeze of a little lemon or lime juice on top, a drizzle of olive oil, or fresh herbs.
About the Author
Briya Freeman has been creating spaces for healing and spiritual awakening since 2011. She is passionate about exploring the potentials of human consciousness in a way that unites and transcends global culture. Her background includes 20+ years of study and practice in hatha yoga, Ayurveda, Breathontology, meditation, bioenergetics and shamanism.
As a teacher, she is known for an approach that is down-to-earth, intuitive and deeply seated. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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