This soup is DELICIOUS! Just a perfect balance of savory, coconut curry love, and sweetness. The lentils provide a powerful punch of vegetable protein- I will be making this all the time from here on out. The sour cream offers a plain yogurt tang that completes the flavor profile- especially if you make it on the spicier side like I do! I used the beautiful little french lentils but any lentils will work magically.
Coconut Curry Lentil Soup with Vegan Sour Cream
2c brown, green or french *lentils, cooked
1 medium onion, small dice
1 stalk celery, small dice
1 large clove garlic, smashed, minced
1 tomato, medium dice
1” piece of fresh ginger- grated
1” piece fresh turmeric- grated
1c fresh spinach*optional
1/4t black pepper
1/2t cayenne pepper flakes- more or less as desired
1T curry powder
1T agave, coconut sugar or other sweetener
3T coconut oil
5-6c boiling water
1/2 can blended coconut milk
1t salt or to taste
Fresh Cilantro, chopped
Bring 6c of water to a boil- in case you need more.
In a large soup pot, add the oil and sauté the onions and garlic until golden and soft. Add the celery, ginger, turmeric, salt, black and red pepper. Add the lentils, mixing them into the vegetables. Add the boiling water, and the chopped tomatoes. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes. In the last 5 minutes of cooking, add the coconut milk and cook until brought up to temperature. Add the spinach just before serving. Adjust the seasonings if neccessary.
Ladle the soup into a serving bowl and place a dollop of the Sour Cream atop in the center and garnish with plenty of fresh, chopped, cilantro.
*To cook lentils ahead of time instead of using canned, take 3/4c dried green or brown lentils and wash, rinse, pick over and drain. In a large pot, place the lentils with 2 cups clean water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered for 15-20 minutes or until the water has been absorbed and the lentils are tender. Let steam for an additional 5-10 minutes. Alternatively, soak the lentils overnight and rinse prior to cooking. This will reduce the cooking time by almost 1/2.