Sunday, January 07, 2007

Loving Lentils!

After trying and loving the Lemon Lentil Soup with Spinach recently, I was more than willing to try more new lentil recipes. A member posted a recipe for Spicy Red Lentil Soup on the CLBB recently and I knew I had to try it. This recipe is from Vegetarian Times - a site that I definitely need to spend a little time exploring.'s very good. It uses a new-to-me ingredient called tamarind paste. I've seen it listed in several Indian recipes but had never tried it. (I must say *AGAIN* that I *ADORE* having a grocery store that has just about everything I ever need.) Actually, while the recipe called for tamarind paste, what I found was tamarind concentrate and apparently there is a difference. I would liken tamarind concentrate to sort of an acidic molasses. It's thick and dark, sour with a bit of sweet, providing a depth of flavor and color to the soup.

This soup is reminiscent of a coconut curry - very flavorful and very easy to throw together. The family loved it and even went back for seconds. I can see this soup easily fitting into our regular rotation since it's a cinch to throw together and very easy to keep the necessary ingredients on hand.

I didn't blog the last couple of days, so I'm still trying to get caught up on recipes. Next up, barley risotto..............


  1. I'm hoping to try more recipes using lentils soon...they are good, economical, and easy. I just need to get some recipes together. I'll keep this one in mind!

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