Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Red Lentil Coconut Soup

I need a class on how to take photos of food.  But I have no time for that these days, so you get what you get.  This photo isn't appetizing but this soup really is.  Perfect for Meatless Monday, served with homemade bread and sliced cheese.  It wasn't the boys "favorite" but they ate it.  And Rob and I really liked it.

I omitted the jalapeno since only one out of five of us like spicy foods.

Red Lentil Coconut Soup
Source: Scaling Back Blog (via Pinterest)

2cups red split lentils
1onion, finely chopped
1red bell pepper cut into ½ inch dice
1fresh jalapeno or serrano chili, finely chopped, including seeds
1tablespoon fresh peeled and minced ginger
2garlic cloves, finely chopped
1tablespoon curry powder
½teaspoon cinnamon
2teaspoons salt
⅓cup tomato paste
7cups water
1can unsweetened light coconut milk
115-ounce can of chickpeas
1tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
fresh cilantro and lime wedges for serving

Heat the tablespoon of olive oil in a dutch oven or large soup pan and add the onions, bell pepper and jalapeno and cook for 5-7 minutes until the vegetables have softened and start to take on some color.  Add the garlic, ginger, spices and tomato paste and continue to cook for 2-3 more minutes until the mixture is toasty and fragrant.  Add the water, coconut milk, lentils and chickpeas and cook uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes adding the lime juice at the end of cooking.  Taste and adjust with more salt or more lime juice if desired.  Serve the soup topped with a sprinkling of fresh cilantro and some extra limes on the side.

1 comment:

abcgirl said...

Sounds delicious! I've got some red lentils and coconut milk that need to get used, so I'm pinning this!

Food photography tips:

--whenever possible use natural light (I.e. by a window). Even if that's not possible, avoid using flash if you can.
--close-ups can sometimes make very drool worthy shots, but also play with the big picture adding in props (like the bread in the above picture, but show us more!)
-- and I just learned a good soup-specific tip. If its pretty non-descript looking, add garnish! Shredded cheese, a sprinkle of spice, a swirl of sour cream can all go a long way towards making a soup look amazing. And it doesn't take much time to add.

BUT that being said, don't stress out about the photo unless you really enjoy that part of the project. People trust your recipes even with NO photos! Thanks for sharing this one!