Spiced Red Lentil Soup with Crispy Fried Ginger


Spiced Red Lentil Soup with Crispy Fried Ginger

 

Ingredients:

  1. For the Red Lentil Soup

  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1 Spanish onion, cut into ½-inch dice
  4. For the Crispy Fried Ginger

  5. 2 teaspoons canola or peanut oil
  6. 1 piece (about 5 inches) fresh ginger, peeled and cut into very thin strips (about 1/8th by 2 inches)
  7.  
  8. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  9. 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger (3-inch piece)
  10. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  11. ½ tablespoon madras curry powder
  12. 2 plum tomatoes cut into ½-inch dice
  13. 2 cups red lentils, picked over and rinsed
  14. 4 cups chicken stock
  15. 4 cups water
  16. 1 dried bay leaf
  17. 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  18. Freshly ground pepper
  19. ½ cup low-fat plain yogurt, for serving
  20.  

Preparation:

  1. In a large, heavy-bottom pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger, cumin, and curry powder; cook, scraping any browned bits from bottom of pot with a wooden spoon, until onion is soft and light golden, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, and add tomatoes. Cook about 5 minutes.

  2. Stir lentils, chicken stock, the water, and bay leaf into pot; raise heat to medium-high, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Add salt; season with pepper. Remove from heat. Let stand about 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, make fried ginger: In a medium saute pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add ginger in a single layer; cook, stirring constantly, until strips begin to turn crisp and deep golden, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, transfer to paper towels to drain. Keep warm until ready to serve.

  4. Remove bay leaf from pot, and discard. Using an immersion or regular blender (working in batches so as not to fill jar more than halfway), puree soup until completely smooth. Return soup to low heat until warmed through. Divide soup among six serving bowls; top each bowl with about 1 tablespoon yogurt. Garnish with fried ginger; serve.