Thursday, September 24, 2009

Moroccan Spiced Lentil Soup

The picture caught my eye in a Readers Digest magazine, where Bonnie and Fran regularly submit recipes. I enjoy any kind of bean dishes and I quite liked the exotic spices and flavors in this soup. The original recipe is vegetarian, but I made some minor changes to suit our likes.

Ingredients:

1 -2 Tbsp olive oil
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbsp chopped or grated gingerroot
1 pinch hot red chili flakes
2 tsp cumin
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 carrot, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
1 lg can (28 oz) plum tomatoes, with juices, pureed
6 cups chicken stock (or water and 2 -3 bouillon cubes)
1 can (2 cups) small green lentils, rinsed
1 can (2 cups) chickpeas, rinsed
2 cups cooked, cubed chicken
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro

Method:
  1. Heat oil and add onions, garlic, gingerroot, hot pepper flakes, cumin and cinnamon.
    Cook for about 2-3 minutes, stirring.
  2. Add carrot, celery and tomatoes. Bring to boil.
  3. Add chicken stock, lentils and chickpeas and continue cooking another 30 – 40 minutes.
  4. Add cooked chicken near the end. Season with salt and pepper according to taste. Add lemon juice and sprinkle with cilantro just before serving.
If you make this soup ahead, it will thicken as it stands – just add water or broth according to taste.

13 comments:

  1. Spiced up lentil soup..that sounds wonderful!

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  2. Thanks for the soup recipe. I can imagine that the combination of spices adds a wonderful flavor. Can't wait to try this new to me recipe. Kathy

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  3. we love exotic flavors and i know the family would really enjoy this one. sounds healthy too.

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  4. This soup sounds like it is 'right up my alley'!!! :o)

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  5. ahhhaaa...moroccon soup....they are so hearty that its a full dish by itself! great looking

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  6. I love the combo of spices of this soup! It looks so yummy!

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  7. Looks great, sounds great...must try!

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  8. I bought lentils, not knowing how to use them, wishing for a delicious recipe. This looks fabulous!

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  9. I'm going to try this one, I think that we'd love it. The picture is so pretty.

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  10. We just got back from Morocco and this was one our favorite foods. I will make it and let you know if it is the same. We ate it every day for almost a week and never became tired of it. Thanks for the great recipes

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  11. I love this soup! it is so simple to make and really delicious, it also freezes well! It is a family favorite at our house!

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  12. Made the soup today. It was a fabulous lunch on a windy fall day. Instead of chicken, I added spicy Italian sausage to give it some extra zip!

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  13. I am enjoying your recipes. I have made something similar to this using a med. cubed eggplant unpeeled instead of the chicken. Very yummmy indeed.

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