Curried Red Lentil and Apricot Soup

A new year and some new plans for me and what food I’m going to make!

My intention for this year is to try some new-to-me ingredients, make some food from different countries than usual and to finally try making some recipes that I’ve had my eye on for a while. This soup is one of those recipes that I’ve been thinking about making for quite a while… ever since I read about it nearly seven years ago.

Eating lentils could bring you luck in the form of money (if you believe in that sort of thing). Why do people think this will happen? Because lentils are shaped like coins. Cookies are also sometimes shaped like coins but you never hear about them bringing luck. I think there is something wrong with that.

Here’s what happens.

Start with onions.

Onions.

Onions.

Get chopping.

Chopped onions.

Chopped onions.

Add the onions to the oil.

Cook the onions.

Cook the onions.

While the onions are cooking, continue chopping.

Minced garlic.

Minced garlic.

Minced garlic.

Still have time to get the apricots…

Apricots.

Apricots.

…and chop them.

Chopped apricots.

Chopped apricots.

Just enough time left to chop the tomato…

Chopped tomato.

Chopped tomato.

…and to measure the lentils.

Red lentils.

Red lentils.

Onions are golden. Add the garlic and ginger to the pot.

Add the garlic and ginger.

Add the garlic and ginger.

After a couple of minutes of cooking, add the curry powder.

Add the curry powder (first whatfoodimade action shot of 2017!).

Add the curry powder (first whatfoodimade action shot of 2017!).

After a minute of cooking and stirring.

After 1 minute of cooking.

After 1 minute of cooking.

Time to add the water,

Add the water (second whatfoodimade action shot of 2017!).

Add the water (second whatfoodimade action shot of 2017!).

and the lentils.

Add the lentils too (third whatfoodimade action shot of 2017!).

Add the lentils too (third whatfoodimade action shot of 2017!).

The apricots and tomato can get into the pot too.

Apricots and tomato are added too.

Apricots and tomato are added too.

Bring all that to a boil, reduce the heat to simmer and cook for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes.

After some quality time with an immersion blender, this is a silky-smooth liquid.

Blended.

Blended.

Add the coconut milk.

Add the coconut milk (the fourth whatfoodimade action shot of 2017!).

Add the coconut milk (the fourth whatfoodimade action shot of 2017!).

Curried Red Lentil and Apricot Soup, served with a dollop of yogurt.

Curried Red Lentil and Apricot Soup.

Curried Red Lentil and Apricot Soup.

I am very glad I gave this soup a whirl. It is delicious!

From the Toronto Star Cookbook published in 2013, a great compilation of recipes from the newspaper.
http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/recipes/2011/01/29/chefs_showcase_curried_lentil_apricot_soup.html

Curried Red Lentil and Apricot Soup

2 tbsp (30 mL) vegetable oil
2 onions, chopped
1/4 cup (60 mL) finely chopped garlic
1/4 cup (60 mL) finely chopped, peeled ginger
2 Tbsp (30 mL) mild curry powder
1 plum tomato, cored, chopped
1 cup (250 mL) diced dried apricots
2 cups (500 mL) red lentils, rinsed
8 cups (2 L) water
3/4 cup (185 mL) coconut milk
Salt + ground black pepper to taste

Garnish:
Plain yogurt
Chopped cilantro

In large pot, heat oil over medium. Add onions. Cook, stirring, until lightly golden, 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add curry powder; cook 1 minute. Add tomato, apricots, lentils and water. Raise heat to high. When mixture starts boiling, reduce to simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apricots are very soft, 30 minutes. Using handheld immersion blender or in food processor, purée soup. Return soup to pot over low heat. Stir in coconut milk. Season with salt and pepper.

Ladle soup into warmed bowls. Garnish with dollop of yogurt and sprinkle of cilantro.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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