Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Indian Spiced Tomato Soup






Do you love a flavorful, yet easy to make soup? 

The first time I tasted this Indian Spiced Tomato Soup was at a women's night out group that I belonged to when my kids were young. We were a small group  that met once a month for a special night of mental, physical, and spiritual revival. We discussed books, shared ideas, and talked about motherhood. My kids were little, and I savored the opportunity to have an evening out with other interesting women ( I still do) . Our needs at the time were simple:time to ourselves, some good conversation, a little wine, and some hearty soup.

There were eight of us from different backgrounds, and we we took turns hosting and sharing a big pot of soup. The highlight of each meeting was the anticipation of finding being introduced to a special soup.  I'm excited to share this special recipe.

It is slightly spicy, has protein rich lentils and is easy to make.  The recipe boasts fresh tomatoes ( although you can you canned in the winter if you must) , immune protecting onions and garlic, metabolism raising chile peppers, and fresh green cilantro. The addition of curry or turmeric and cumin add an extra kick of immune building spices as well as extra flavor.




This soup is gluten free, dairy free, nut free, and egg free. It's protein comes from lentils. Great for adults and even kids who are adventurous eaters!

This is one of those recipes that is perfect on a chilly fall/winter evening.

Baby it's cold outside today! This soup is perfect!!



Ingredients:

6 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped ( or 1 large 24 ounce can organic diced tomatoes)
Olive oil spray and 2Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 green chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped (wear plastic gloves) optional
6-8 cloves garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp tomato paste
4 cups vegetable broth
2 peeled red potatoes , chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp turmeric
3/4 brown lentils
Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

Directions:
Put 3/4 cup raw brown lentils into a saucepan, add 1 1/2 cups of water, bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer, cover and cook until lentils are soft ( follow directions on bag). Set aside

Spray saucepan with olive oil spray . Over medium heat,  saute the onion, chile pepper, and garlic and slowly saute for about 4-5 minutes until onion starts to become translucent,. Add olive oil, allow to become hot and  stir in the fresh or canned tomatoes: cook, stirring often, for 5-8 minutes until tomatoes begin to blend.

In a small bowl, blend the tomato paste, vegetable broth, and curry powder.Add to the saucepan and simmer for about 5 minutes covered and last two minutes uncovered.  

To serve, divide the soup among 4 serving bowls. Sprinkle the cilantro on top for garnish.

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15 comments:

  1. It is very tasty and rich in iron and antioxidants too.

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  2. Wow, this looks really great! My daughter is not so adventurous, but she LOVES lentils and she may be getting tired of the lentil and carrot soup I make for her. Maybe I'll try this without the spicy pepper and see how it goes over. I know I'll love it. Thanks!
    -Dana

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  3. oh my goodness, pass the cornbread! I'm ready for this. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Hop. xo

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  4. Love the story behind this soup. It looks delicious! Thanks for including it at Foodie Friday!

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  5. Judee what a wonderful woman's group. I belonged to a book group when my kids were little, but we put a lot pressure on each other to cook a full course meal. I love the idea of soup it is so warming and cozy. Love your soup I am a big fan of lentils. I only know Italian style so these seasoning will broaden my horizon. Thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

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  6. Hi Judee,
    I just love a great tomato soup and your Indian Spiced Tomato Soup looks delicious. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  7. Mmm... this soup has all the things I like in it--easy and delicious. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week. ;-)

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  8. It looks delicious. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.

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  9. This is such a rich and warming soup, just right for the weather. Thanks for sharing it with My Meatless Mondays.

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  10. Can't wait to try this soup. So glad to have found you at See Ya in the Gumbo. Have a great day!

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  11. What a switch to go from Caribbean to snow! You picked the perfect dish for the situation. Love the idea of everyone waiting to see what the month's soup would be. Sounds like a nice time!
    Thanks for linking this week!

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  12. We are HUGE fans of Indian flavored foods. I can't wait to try this!
    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)
    I hope to see you again this week!

    This week is sponsored by Sugar and Spice Market! They are giving away a package of their gluten free sugar cookie mix and a package of their gluten free pancake/waffle mix! It is just in time for the holidays!

    Link up starts tomorrow (thursday) at 7:05pm eastern time! Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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  13. Sounds yummy!
    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

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  14. Wow! I LOVE Indian spices and this looks SO good!

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