Saturday, 16 January 2010

Yummy lentil soup

This is my all time favourite soup recipe and is really easy to make.  My mum made it all the time when my sister and I were little.

2 medium-large carrots
1 onion
1 cup of red split lentils
3 ham stock cubes
1800 ml (3pt) water, additional water is required for soaking and topping up
Crusty bread rolls

Makes 4 portions.

  1. Soaks the lentils in hot water for 10 minutes, then rinse.
  2. While the lentils are soaking, boil the water and finely chop the carrots and onion.
  3. Place the water, stock cubes, lentils, carrots and onions in a pressure cooker and bring to the boil.
  4. Use the pressure cooker seal, close the lid and when the pressure is reached add the weight, lower temperature to simmer. 
  5. Cook for at least 45 minutes, I usually open the pressure cooker once during this period to stir and add water as necessary.
  6. When the carrots are soft the soup is ready.  The lentils thicken the soup quickly, add water to the consistency you like.
  7. Serve in a bowl with crusty bread rolls on the side, now dip.

Perfect winter food.

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