Slow Cooker Turkish Inspired Red Lentil Soup: Spices and Seasons

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Today was a typically crazy day in my life, our fridge decided to call it a couple of days ago, and I had a day on the road planned. I really was at a loss to figure out what to do with the abundance of tomatoes and other stuff that our backyard has been so generously belting out. It is difficult really to decide on which seasonal ingredient, I am showcasing because today recipe has carrots, tomatoes and is finished off with mint. Turkish Lentils Soup Gosh, we have been over flowing with berries, herbs, carrots, beets, greens and tomatoes. Luckily for the busy mama there is always a slow cooker, especially for the busy mama with a spice closet! Inspiration struck in the form of a soup, one that actually sings with all the flavors of summer, loads of fresh garlic, tomatoes, carrots and mint. If you are concerned about the thought something steaming hot in summer, fear not! Slow Cooker Turkish Red Lentil Soup This soup tastes pretty good at room temperature! A traditional Turkish lentil soup has more sumac in it, which I have just avoided mostly because I did not have more time. I have noticed cooking in my slow cooker tends to give foods a bit of darker color, and this is where I added some of today’s spice turmeric. I finished off the lentils with some yogurt from, The Real Amazing Live Company. Amazing!!! Oh and I scoffed this down with loads of Bread from my favorite bakery, Bread Alone

Spices and Seasons – Slow Cooker Turkish Inspired Red Lentil Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Spices and Seasons – Slow Cooker Turkish Inspired Red Lentil Soup

A simple nourishing red lentil soup, that is made with a chockfull of carrots and tomatoes, laced with spices, herbs and lime.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup split red lentils (masuur dal)
  • 2 red onions, diced
  • 4 medium sized carrots (about 3/4 pounds, cut into 3 inch sizes)
  • 5 cups of water or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 head of fresh garlic, coarsely chopped or 10 pods of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground cumin
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 large stick cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 6 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • To Finish
  • Fresh Lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 4 tablespoons fresh whole yogurt
  • 1 tablespoons red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

Instructions

  1. Place the red lentils, onions, carrots, chicken broth or water, ginger, garlic and cumin with the cloves and cinnamon and set the slow cooker on high for 4 hours.
  2. About hours into the game, the ingredients should be simmering briskly and the lentils should be swollen and large.
  3. Add in the olive oil, tomatoes, sugar and salt and continue simmer for another two hours.
  4. Cool slightly.
  5. Remove the cinnamon, puree the lentils with an immersion or regular blender adding some extra water as needed to make it a smooth soup like texture.
  6. Stir in the fresh lime juice and the cilantro.
  7. Serve in soup bowls.
  8. Beat the yogurt and add over the soup and sprinkle with red pepper flakes and the mint.
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Rinku Bhattacharya, the Spices & Seasons blogger, loves meshing seasonal produce with fresh spices. Most of her recipes are inspired by her Indian heritage, and her cooking is practical, easy and well suited for a busy lifestyle on the go. As a mother with two young children, her recipes are also usually balanced and kid-friendly. Rinku is the author of the blog, Spice Chronicles (formerly,Cooking in Westchester), where she shares her life experiences and original recipes. Rinku is blessed with a gardener husband, who always surprises her with a prolific and fresh supply of produce to keep her creative instincts flowing. Rinku has been teaching recreational cooking classes for the past nine years. Rinku is the author of two cookbooks: The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles an award winning (Gourmand 2013) cookbook that highlights culture, memories and recipes from her childhood transformed where needed for her Lohud kitchen and Spices and Seasons that marries Indian flavors with local and seasonal produce. Rinku can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest and is also a contributor for Zester Daily.

2 Comments

  1. What a lovely post. I normally cook these up in a hurry in my italian kitchen with just a fragrant piece of garlic, some olive oil and the addition of some broth. Thank you. Barbara, Sunday at the Giacometti’s.

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