My lovely red lentils turned green . . .
The average green lentils I find at my grocery store bore me, so you can imagine my excitement when I found a bin of red lentils in the bulk section waiting for me to dump them into a bag and head to the checkout counter.
As soon as I walked through my front door I set about dreaming up a recipe for my red treasures.
I happily chopped a pile of onions, carrots, and celery, and decided to toss turmeric and garam masala into the mix for a warming effect.
I stirred my sweet red lentils and some broth into the pot, then turned down the heat and let my concoction simmer until the lentils were tender and turned . . .
A colorful shade of yellowish-green!
Close your eyes and I’m sure you can see the disappointment on my face as I ladled my dream soup into bowls, baffled as to why it wasn’t a colorful shade of red.
A quick search of Google didn’t produce a scientific answer as to why my red lentil soup recipe turned green, but this conversation from CHOW was good enough for me – entertaining too.
In the end, it really doesn’t matter. A dollop of Greek yogurt swirled into my soup made me happy again. The next time I’ll add some tomatoes to the batch and see if my lentils stay red.
If you have a better answer to my lentil dilemma, I’d love to hear from you. Happy, healthy cooking!
- 1 ½ tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 cup onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup carrots, small chopped
- 2 cups celery, small chopped
- 1 tablespoon garlic, finely minced
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- 2 teaspoons turmeric
- 2 cups red lentils, rinsed and drained
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- ¼ cup parsley, chopped
- ½ lemon lemon juice
- In a large pot heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Cook for 10 minutes until softened. Add vegetable stock, lentils, turmeric and garam masala. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer 45 - 60 minutes until lentils are tender. Add more broth as needed to keep a thick consistency.
- Add parsley and lemon.
- Serve with plain greek yogurt if desired.
Calories: 297 Weight Watchers PointsPlus 6 Total Fat: 3.91g Cholesterol: -- Sodium: 597mg Total Carbs: 48.22g Dietary Fiber: 21.36g Sugars: 6.14g Protein: 17.45g
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