A Warm Hug in a Bowl -Crockpot Curried Lentil Soup

Soup

If you are looking for a warm, comforting meal to come home to at the end of a long, cold day, you can’t go wrong with a bowl of this soup.

Not only is it inexpensive to make but many of the ingredients in this soup have additional health benefits.  Turmeric acts as an anti inflammatory and the coconut milk, garlic, and onions help support the immune system. Hot chilis and ginger also help support the immune and circulatory system while bringing warmth to the body. Using a nourishing bone broth would increase the healing value of this soup.

On top of all that, this soup is delicious.

Ingrediants

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 6 – 8 cups stock (Chicken or vegetable or bone broth)
  • 2 cups red lentils rinsed
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2-3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 red chili
  • 2 Tablespoons curry paste (or 1 Tablespoon curry powder)
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 can of coconut milk (13.5 oz)
Sauted goodness.

Sauted goodness.

Sauté the lentils, onion, carrots, garlic, ginger, turmeric, chili, and curry paste until the onions are wilted and everything is coated with the spices and curry paste.

Dump the sautéed mixture into a crockpot and add the lemon juice and stock.

Cook on low for 8 hours.

After 8 hours, blend using an immersion blender or a regular blender. If using a regular blender, process only small amounts at a time as the steam from the hot soup can cause the lid to release unexpectedly making a mess of your kitchen.

Add the can of coconut milk and cook for another ½ hour on low.

Eat with lots of buttered bread or with boiled potatoes.

This soup tastes better the next day and it also freezes well.

Here is what it cost to make a full slow cooker full of soup (6-8 servings)

Ingredient

Price (September 2015)

Cost for 6 to 8 Servings

Lentils

$0.49 per 100 grams (bulk at Overwaitea)

$1.47

Stock

Free if homemade or $2.88 per liter for store bought or use stock cubes and water

Free – $4.32

Carrots

Free from the garden. Currently selling for about $1.00 a pound

Free – $0.33

Onion

Free from the garden. Currently selling for about $1.00 a pound

$.50

Ginger

$3.00 a pound

About $0.09

Coconut milk

$1.49 a can

$1.49

Curry paste

$0.01 per gram

$.30

Turmeric

4oz for $3.25

About $0.13

I didn’t price out the remaining ingredients because the quantities were so small. The chili and garlic came from the garden. The whole crockpot full of loveliness cost about $8.63 (or $1.19 to $1.43 a serving) using store bought ingredients but you can minimize your costs by using homemade or homegrown ingredients.  The stock was the most expensive ingredient in this recipe. Using homemade stock will reduce the cost of this dish by $0.52 to $0.70 a serving. If you have your own garden with carrots and onions, you can decrease the price by another $0.14 to $0.10 per serving.  Overall, using homemade and homegrown ingredients will bring the cost down to $3.48 for  6 – 8 servings ($0.58 – $0.43 for a single serving). Not bad for such a filling, tasty, and nutritious soup.

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