I couldn't eat breakfast or lunch, but by dinner I was pretty hungry. What to make for dinner with only two tomatoes, and a lime left in the fridge before we go away tomorrow...? Oh and half a sweet potato hiding in the back.
This soup tastes completely different to the last lentil soup recipe I posted.
And I know that they say you can simply use split red lentils without soaking and cooking them first, and sometimes I do, but I was in no mood to make my symptoms any worse so prepared the lentils the way I would any other dried pulse. I don't know if its the brand or if its just that they were old (oops, best before last February) but I'm really glad I did. LOADs of foul smelling scum came off the top of the pot when I cooked them. Better not to give that to my poor digestive system to deal with.
Sweet Potato is full of antioxidants, vitamin C and Vitamin A as well as being a source of potassium, calcium and iron.
Tomatoes are full of the antioxidant lycopene which boosts sperm health and also contain folate, B6, vitamin A and vitamin E.
Lentils are a good source of folic acid, full of iron and provide a non-meat form of protein.
- Cumin seeds
- Sweet Potato
- Chicken stock
- Pre-cooked split red lentils
- Fresh basil to garnish
Boil some water and plunge the tomatoes into the boiling water. Skin and chop tomatoes.
Heat soup pot over a medium flame and toast the cumin seeds. Add finely chopped onion, sweet potato and tomatoes. Allow to sweat for a few minutes.
Add chicken stock and red lentils and simmer until sweet potato is soft. Blend with a stick blender. Ladle into bowls. Squeeze over lime juice and sprinkle with basil.