Hello, it’s Julia from Dinner with Julia! Today, I’m thrilled to share with you a recipe that has become a favorite in my kitchen. It’s hearty, it’s flavorful, and it’s packed with nutrients. Yes, we’re talking about my French Coconut Curried Lentil Soup Recipe. This dish is a delightful blend of tender lentils, creamy coconut milk, and a medley of spices that will transport your taste buds straight to the heart of France.
So, let’s get cooking!
French Coconut Curried Lentil Soup Recipe
French Coconut Curried Lentil Soup Recipe
- 1 large saucepan
- Two cups of vegetable stock
- Two tablespoon of crushed garlic
- Salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste
- Two tablespoon of olive oil
- One cup of dried white wine
- One cup of onion
- Two tablespoon of all-purpose flour
- Half cup of heavy cream
- Two cups of lentils
- One cup of coconut milk
- One bay leaf
- Two tablespoon of fresh thyme
- French bread slices
- Chopped dill
- Take a large saucepan.
- Add the oil and onions into the pan.
- Cook the onions until they turn golden brown.
- Add the crushed garlic into the pan.
- Add the spices and lentils into the mixture.
- Add the all-purpose flour, heavy cream and dried white wine.
- Add the coconut milk and then add the vegetable stock.
- Cover the pan with a lid for five minutes.
- Let the soup cook properly.
- Dish out the soup into soup bowl
- Add the chopped fresh dill on top
- The dish is ready to be served
Cooking French Coconut Curried Lentil Soup in a Slow Cooker
If you’re a fan of slow cooking like me, you’ll be thrilled to know that my French Coconut Curried Lentil Soup Recipe can also be prepared using a best slow cooker. The slow cooking process allows the flavors to meld together beautifully, resulting in a soup that’s rich, savory, and absolutely delicious.
This recipe is particularly suited for slow cooking, allowing the flavors to infuse and develop over time, enhancing the overall taste of the soup. The process of using a slow cooker can be split into three simple steps:
- Adding ingredients: Begin by adding the lentils, coconut milk, spices, and broth to your slow cooker. Ensure that all the ingredients are mixed well. This forms the base of your soup and starting with a well-combined mixture will ensure even flavour distribution.
- Setting the cooker: Cover the slow cooker with its lid, turn the dial to ‘low’, and let it cook. The cooking time for this soup is approximately 6-8 hours. The low setting allows for a gradual increase in temperature, ensuring that the lentils are thoroughly cooked and the flavors are deeply infused into the soup.
- Serving the meal: After the cooking time has elapsed, stir the soup well to mix any settled ingredients. Serve it hot, garnishing with fresh herbs for added flavor and visual appeal.
The advantage of slow cooking is that it doesn’t require constant monitoring. Once the ingredients are in the cooker and the timer is set, you can go about your daily activities without worrying about the cooking process. Try using a slow cooker for my French Coconut Curried Lentil Soup Recipe. The resulting depth of flavor and convenience of preparation might make this method your new favorite way to cook!
Tips for making French Coconut Curried Lentil Soup
Before we delve into the recipe, here are some tips to help you make the most of this French Coconut Curried Lentil Soup recipe:
- Lentil selection: Green lentils are the best choice for this soup because they hold their shape well after cooking.
- Coconut milk: I recommend using full-fat coconut milk for its rich flavor and creamy texture.
- Spices: Don’t be shy with the spices! They add depth and complexity to the soup.
- Garnish: A sprinkle of fresh cilantro or parsley can add a refreshing touch to this hearty soup.
Now, let’s talk about how to serve this French Coconut Curried Lentil Soup. While it’s a complete meal on its own, here are some ideas to enhance your dining experience:
- Crusty Bread: A slice of warm, crusty bread would pair perfectly with this soup.
- Side Salad: For a lighter meal, consider serving the soup alongside a fresh green salad.
- Wine Pairing: A glass of crisp white wine, such as a Sauvignon Blanc, would complement the flavors of the soup beautifully.
I’ve received some questions about this French Coconut Curried Lentil Soup recipe, so let’s address some common ones:
- Can I make this recipe vegan? Absolutely! Just ensure that the vegetable broth you’re using is vegan.
- Can I use other types of lentils? While you can, keep in mind that different lentils have different cooking times and may not hold their shape as well as green lentils.
- Can I make this soup ahead of time? Yes, this soup actually tastes better after it has had some time for the flavors to meld together.
- How long will this soup keep in the fridge? This soup should keep for up to 5 days in the fridge.
- Can I freeze this soup? Yes, this soup freezes well and can be thawed and reheated when you’re ready to eat.
So there you have it! My journey with the French Coconut Curried Lentil Soup Recipe has been a joyous one. It’s a dish that embodies simplicity, health, and flavor all in one. I hope you enjoy making (and eating!) this as much as I have.