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Roasted sweet potato, pumpkin & lentil soup Recipe

Written on Saturday, July 23, 2016 | 10:25:00 AM



Serves : 5 – 6 servings 

Ingredients : 
1)  YELLOW OR PINK LENTILS (TOOR OR MASOOR DAAL) 100g (3½oz)

2)  RED SQUASH OR ANY OTHER SQUASH 250–300g (9–10½oz), unpeeled, cut in half and seeds removed

3)  SWEET POTATO 1 small, unpeeled

4)  ONION 1

5)  GARLIC 2–3 cloves, peeled

6)  EXTRA VIRGIN RAPESEED OIL 2 tablespoons

7)  RED CHILLI POWDER 1 teaspoon

8)  CUMIN SEEDS 1 teaspoon

9)  CORIANDER SEEDS 1 teaspoon

10)  BUTTER 30g (1oz)

11)  FRESH GREEN CHILLI 1, slit lengthways into 4 strips

12)  WATER 500ml (18fl oz)

13)  SEA SALT

14)  FRESHLY GROUND BLACK PEPPER (optional)

TO SERVE
1)  CHOPPED FRESH CORIANDER 1 tablespoon

2)  SINGLE CREAM for swirling (optional)

3)  PLAIN COOKED LONG-GRAIN RICE (optional)

Preparation Method :
- Wash the lentils well until the liquid clears. Transfer to a bowl, add enough water to cover by 2.5cm (1in) and leave to soak for at least 1–2 hours, but longer if possible.

- Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas Mark 2.

- Cut the squash, sweet potato, onion and garlic into small pieces and place in a roasting tray. Add the oil and toss to coat. Mix in some sea salt, the chilli powder and cumin and coriander seeds, and roast for 20–25 minutes, turning now and again, until the vegetable skins are soft and lightly coloured.

- Meanwhile, melt the butter gently in a saucepan. When foaming, add the green chilli and sauté for 1 minute. Add the lentils and their soaking liquid plus the measured water and bring gently to the boil. (If done too briskly, foam will rise to the surface and need to be skimmed off, which will take some of the butter with it.) Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the lentils are fully cooked.

- Add the roasted vegetables, scraping everything off the tray, and bring to the boil again. Purée the mixture with a blender to a smooth soup – a few bits will remain, but these add a pleasant texture. If you prefer the soup to be completely smooth, pass it through a fine sieve.

- Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary. Serve sprinkled with the fresh coriander, plus a swirl of cream and/or some plain long-grain rice, if you wish.




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