Sunday, January 13, 2013

Curried Lentil Rice Soup

Last night was
our 2013 inaugural
2nd Saturdays Potluck.
Theme was soups, stews, salads.
My dish
Curried Lentil Rice Soup.
Cooked on stove, carried to potluck dinner, 
and kept warm in crockpot for serving.

1/2 cup brown Basmati rice, soaked for 2 hours
1 cup dry brown or green lentils, soaked for at least 2 hours
1 Tablespoon olive oil
(may substitute 2-4 Tablespoons vegetable broth to reduce fat)
1 large red onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 large celery stalks, chopped
1/2 pound bag carrots, diced
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon chipotle or ancho chile powder (optional)
pinch black pepper
4 cups vegetable stock
4 cups water
3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Rinse and soak brown rice 2 hours, then drain.
Rinse and soak lentils minimum 2 hours, drain and rinse again.
Heat olive oil in large pot, over medium high heat until hot.
Add onion, garlic, celery, carrots, cumin seeds, curry powder, paprika, rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper, chile powder if using. 
Stir to combine., cover and cook until vegetables begin to soften,
8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
If using vegetable broth instead of oil, check more frequently and add more broth if vegetables start to stick to pot.
Add drained rice, stir to combine, and cook for 2 minutes.
Add drained lentils, stir to combine, and cook for additional minute.
Add broth and water, increase heat until boiling.
Stir, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 25 - 30 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Stir in apple cider vinegar and serve.

Like most soups, this one gets better with time.
Depending on your diners, ancho or chipotle seasoning might be too much of a kick, so optional.

Celebrating 1968 release of
Otis Redding's
(Sittin' On the)
Dock of The Bay

it's a classic, like good soup,
I love Otis Redding's music,
and, though I am and will always be a mega
Florida Gator fan,
I am also an NCAA South East Conference fan
and celebrating conference college football win
last Monday night watching the
"...Tide roll away.." ND.

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