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Monday, January 15, 2007
This'll Kill Whatever Ails Ye
I modified a simple lentil soup recipe to spice it up - the heat will make you feel better, and clear out some of those sinuses! This takes but a few minutes to make and is ready in half an hour.

You'll need:

1 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
One onion - chopped
2 large cloves of garlic finely chopped
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
2 teaspoons smoked paprika (regular is fine, but the smokiness is nice)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup red lentils
1 can (14.5 oz) dice tomatoes in juice
1 can (10 oz) chickpeas - drained and rinsed
juice from 1/2 lemon
2 teaspoons Harissa paste (available in most grocery stores nowadays)
  • Sautee the onions, garlic and ginger in the olive oil for about 6 minutes
  • Add the spices and stir for another minute
  • Add broth, lentils, chickpeas and tomatoes
  • Cover and simmer for 30 minutes
  • Add the lemon juice and Harissa
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro and a dollop of yogurt or sour cream
  • Stir well and enjoy
The Harissa paste is essential for making this different. If you don't have any - add another chili paste like sambal olek, or add chili flakes to your liking.
posted by Broadsheet @ 3:11 PM  
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