One of the simplest ways to enjoy lentils is in this long-served golden soup — it’s a delightful fiber-rich meal in a bowl. On a grey, blustery day when the mood may match the... weather, the sunny color alone is warming, and the spices complete the job.
In a large saucepan, cover the lentils with 5 cups of stock. Add tomato, potato, carrot, and salt and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, skimming any foam that forms on top.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute for about 2 minutes, then turn the heat to medium-low and cook until golden and caramelized, about 8 minutes. The onions should not be burnt. Stir in the cumin and turmeric, cook 1 minute. Set aside.
Remove the lentil mixture from heat and puree using a hand-held immersion blender or in batches in the regular blender. Add to the onions and spices along with the 3 cups stock. (If you prefer a thicker soup, add less.) Bring soup to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes, or until thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately, topped with Baked Whole Wheat Pita Chips (optional) and parsley or cilantro.
Before serving, sprtiz the soup with a little lemon to lift the flavors.
Bag and freeze any extra for quick meal another day.
If having oral problems such as cankers or post radiation dryness, this soup can be pureed for easier swallowing by whizzing a couple of cupfuls in a blender. Let the soup cool somewhat before eating.