Thursday 14 March 2013

Unadorned sweet potato and lentil soup: Thermomix and other!

I've just made this - and I mean *just*.  I'm in to the living room from pouring the end results into a jug to cool and washing out the bowl, etc.  It's jolly nice, jolly thick (will need diluting with milk or water) and fairly unadorned so could be spiced up with some curry paste.  I like it just as it is - the vegetable flavours are clearly there.

Ingredients to make quite a lot.
50g red lentils
one medium or two small onions, peeled and quartered
a garlic clove, peeled
a knob of butter or a pouring of oil
one medium carrot, peeled and chopped
one and a half medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
one small to medium potato, peeled, chopped and rinsed
boiling water (speeds it up, cold would be fine)
about two tbsp thermomix stock paste or stock cube/powder of choice, amount to taste really and can be added to later.

put the red lentils in the bowl and grind on 8-10 for around 10 seconds until it is powdered.  Remove from bowl and set aside.

in the bowl add the onion, garlic and butter * and chop on 6 for about 10 seconds.  Then fry on 90, 4 mins, speed 3/4  Use the scraper to push down the sides.

Add the rest of the ingredients and cover with water to the 1.5 l mark.  Cook on 100, 15-20 mins (check after 15), speed 2.

When cooked, blend on 8 to 10 until smooth.  Check seasoning and thickness and adjust as required.

* if wanted, add some korma or other curry paste at this point.  I didn't this time but I will try it next time.

Normal method.
Heat the butter in the pan.  Add the onions and garlic, both chopped finely, and fry gently until soft and golden.  Add the remaining ingredients with enough water to cover and a bit more, bring to a boil, cover and simmer gently until the vegetables are soft and cooked.  Zizz to the texture you want, check seasoning and thickness and adjust as required

Sorry - no photo.  One of these days I will remember to snap as I cook!

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