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Shelagh`s Easy Red Lentil Doldrum Defeating Dhal Soup!

Ha how’s that for a title! Yesterday it started to rain and was very dreary and dark. I was hungry, cold, feeling low and wanted to brighten my day so I decided to use the warm colours and flavours of the East to perk myself up!  It had to be quick because I had work to do. This is what I came up with and it was really tasty :)

Shelagh’s Easy Red Lentil Doldrum Defeating Dhal Soup!
Combine everything in a heavy pot….
Cover and simmer until all is soft, about 20 min.
Add a splash of lemon juice to brighten it up when done. And some zest if you like. 
4 cups veggie broth
1 large onion chopped finely
2 medium carrots chopped finely
1.5 cups red lentils, rinsed
3 cloves of garlic minced or 1T garlic powder
1T cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Inch of fresh ginger, grated 
1 bay leaf
(You could add some chilli flakes, I like to squirt in Siracha after)

An important spice in Dhal is cumin.I love it`s earthy deep warm flavour.

Tip: I keep my fresh ginger in the freezer, in a baggie, lasts forever. I take it out and grate what I need. No need to peel, it kind of flakes off on to the top of the rasp. 

It was yummy and absolutely brightened up my dull day. Hard to take a good pic of dhal soup but here is my bowl with a generous splat of Siracha hot sauce:) Cha Cha Cha! 

About Shelagh Duffett

An artist and mum to a beautiful daughter. I live in the gorgeous province of Nova Scotia, Canada and write about bits and pieces of my life. Alice is the name of my grandmother, who was an amazing business woman and Paris is a city we LOVE. Art and tea are necessities!


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