Lentil soup with Lime and Garlic

While I am on the topic of vegetarianism, here’s a recipe for lentil soup that I’ve been using regularly because I like it so much! It reminds me of wholesome chicken soup even though it’s completely vegetarian. It’s not too difficult to make once you get used to the process and I sometimes freeze portions that I can’t finish and it still tastes pretty good. I bring it to work in a tumbler that keeps the soup hot so I can have it for lunch. So here goes:-
(serves 4)
Ingredients:- 3 tbsp olive oil, 1 onion (chopped), 4-5 cloves of garlic, 3 celery sticks (cubed), 1-2 carrots (cubed), 1 potato (peeled and cubed), 1 cup of red lentils (rinsed, you can find lentils cheaply available at Mustafa centre), 1 litre of vegetable stock, 1 large lime (Mustafa has very nice limes), 1/2 tsp ground cumin, salt and pepper to taste.
1. Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the onions and and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic until fragrant. Add celery, carrots and potato. Cook for a few minutes until the vegetables begin to soften.
2. Add the lentils and stock into the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
3. Add ground cumin, squeeze the juice from the lime into the pot and stir. Cook for a few more minutes until the vegetables and lentils are tender. Then season with salt and ground black pepper.
It tastes splendid just on its own or served with a side salad. 🙂