Since when does someone find something on Pinterest that looks so amazing that they DONT pin it. Never. That never happens, except for last week. I saw this recipe, looked at the ingredients decided that I HAD to make it, which even prompted me to go out and buy the ingredients I didn’t have. But I didn’t pin it.
Well, like a wayward chef, I went on a food adventure last night because this soup sounded so good, nice and warm and easy. I made it my way, with my ingredients, only knowing that the lost recipe had coconut milk and lentils in it. BUT, it was F$%#ing amazing! I couldn’t stop eating it! I would have ate the whole pot if I didn’t want some for today’s lunch!
The best part is: when I put it in MyFitness Pal to get the calories etc. it was less than 200 cal per serving, about 8g of fat, but there was about 700g of sodium, so next time I would suggest a low sodium chicken stock or veggie stock if you want to make it vegan.
So here’s my version and obviously you can make it your recipe. Alot of this is to taste, so keep tasting while you make.
Ingredients: Makes 2 full-meal portions or about 3-4 cups
- 1 Cup chicken stock/ vegetable stock.
- 1/2+ can of thai light coconut milk(right)
- Cup+ water
- 3-4 basil leaves for soaking (I had some fresh frozen, whole leaves, they will be removed close to the end of the cooking
- 1/2 Cup red lentils
- 1 carrot
- Handful of spinach
- aprox. 2 tbsp Green curry paste (right)
- Garlic clove diced (I have a garlic press from the $ store that is magical)
- Inch of ginger, grated. Sub with ginger powder.
- A couple dashes of hot sauce.
- S&P to taste
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika (this is optional, but I am in love).
- Add the water, chicken stock, coconut milk & basil leaves to a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
- Add the lentils, curry paste and spices (incl. garlic and ginger) Stirring throughout.
- Chop the carrot into bite-sized slices & add them to the soup. Turn the heat down to low-med.
- Cook until the lentils are soft,
- Remove the basil leaves and add the spinach. Make sure you’re tasting!
- Keep on a low heat until the spinach becomes soft.
When you’re ready, dish up and enjoy!