It has been ‘one of those’ weeks: soggy school runs, long-distance hospital trips, missing football boots, arguments over Lego constructions, disappearing library books…. you know the sort. But there’s nothing more healing and comforting than a steaming bowl of lemony vegan lentil soup, with a base of two ‘superfoods’ – ginger and turmeric. Good for the body as well as the soul.
This is surprisingly easy to make, it would be very difficult to ‘get wrong’, as people always seem to be so worried about. And the texture of the finished soup is up to you – I used a potato masher just to rough mine up a bit, but you could purée yours with a hand-blender if you prefer a smooth soup, or leave it alone if you prefer it really chunky.
Regular readers will know that I often use ready-chopped ginger from a jar, or a tube of ginger purée to save time, but here I think it really makes a difference if you use fresh root ginger – it is one of the stars of the show in this healing soup, and needs to be zingy and at its best rather than just a background flavour.
Once you’ve tried making the soup as per the recipe you could try all sorts of other flavour combinations:
- Roast the carrot and potato with some whole garlic cloves before adding to the soup for a really intense, sweet flavour. Squeeze the flesh of the garlic out into the soup and discard the skins.
- Use other root vegetables in place of the carrot and potato – how about swede (totally underrated in my opinion), parsnip, celeriac or jerusalem artichokes when they are in season?
- Add some fresh herbs to the finished soup for a flavour boost – coriander would be lovely and/or parsley, and even basil would be lovely here.
- Roast some cherry tomatoes and stir through the soup at the last minute for a flavour pop
- Replace the ginger with 2 tsp garam masala and the dairy-free milk with half a tin of coconut milk for an Indian-inspired flavour combination
- Add some broccoli and green peas for a super-green soup.
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Freezing your Vegan Lentil Soup
Your soup will freeze brilliantly, so why not make up a double or even triple batch whilst you’re at it, if there’s room in your freezer? I love leaving the spinach or kale leaves whole if I’m serving this soup fresh, but if freezing I tend to either chop them up small or blitz the soup to a smooth purée as the leaves can go a bit slimy after freezing and defrosting. Or you could leave them out entirely and add some to your defrosted soup just before serving.
I often save old margarine tubs for freezing soup – they hold a really good single portion, and stack neatly in the freezer to make the most of limited space. Don’t forget to write on the lid with the contents and date, or you will really regret it when you have a clearout and wonder what on earth is inside!
Vegan Lentil Soup: Equipment and Shopping List
You will need:
- large saucepan or casserole dish
- blender or hand blender (optional)
- spinach or curly kale
- fresh root ginger
- dried red lentils
- ground turmeric
- vegetable stock powder (check it is vegan)
- rapeseed or sunflower oil
- dairy-free milk
Vegan Lentil Soup with Ginger & Turmeric
- 2 tbsp rapeseed or sunflower oil
- 1 onion
- 2-3 cm piece fresh root ginger
- 2 carrots
- 2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 potato
- 150 g dried red lentils
- 1 litre vegetable stock (check it is vegan)
- handful spinach or curly kale
- 125 ml dairy-free milk
- 1 lemon
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan or casserole dish. Peel and finely chop the onion and fry gently for 2-3 until starting to soften.
- Peel the ginger (a teaspoon is surprisingly handy for this job, give it a try!), then finely chop and add to the pan. Peel and finely chop the carrots and add to the pan. Cook for a further 3-4 minutes.
- Add the turmeric to the pan and stir. Peel and finely chop the potato and add to the pan. Rinse the red lentils in a sieve, then add to the pan followed by the stock. Bring the soup to the boil and cook for 20-25 minutes until the lentils are soft. Add the spinach/kale (removing any large stalks), cook for a further minute, then taste and season well with salt and black pepper as required.
- At this point you can use a blender or hand blender to blitz the soup to a smooth purée, or use a potato masher to break up any large chunks of vegetable, or just leave it as a chunky soup.
- Stir through the dairy-free milk and the juice of the lemon, then serve. The soup freezes well so you can make a large batch whilst your at it and portion it up for the freezer.
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