Look for packaged precooked lentils without salt or fat added. We like Target's Archer Farms brand beluga lentils.
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 cup prechopped onion
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 (8-ounce) packages steamed lentils
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1/4 cup plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
How to Make It
Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic and ginger; sauté 1 minute. Add curry powder and red pepper; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add broth, vinegar, and lentils. Increase heat to high; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes.
Place half of lentil mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid; secure lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in lid. Blend until smooth. Add blended mixture, spinach, salt, and pepper to pan; stir until spinach wilts. Stir in 2 tablespoons cilantro. Serve with yogurt and remaining cilantro.
Loved it! Cilantro gives it that spark..
I also have a Curry Lentils & Butternut Squash Soup, delicious too, but a mix between mediterrenean and asian flavors. http://www.theartofgood.com/curry-lentils-butternut-squash-soup/
Outstanding! Loved the flavors and texture. Cooked 1 cup dried lentils with 2 cups of water rather than using packaged steamed lentils....lentils are so easy to prepare. Next time I will double the recipe because 2 of us almost ate it all!
Delicious--quite spicy. I had a hard time finding the precooked lentils; finally found them in the rice section (with the 1 minute rice packages). Very easy. I used low fat sour cream since that's what I had on hand. Definitely not for the spice-timid.
Delicious and spicy. I used French Green Lentils and cooked them myself since that is what I had on hand. I also added two small russet potatoes peeled and diced to the soup. We ate it without a side salad, but that would have added a great way to balance out the meal. This will be a keeper for me because it comes together quickly and has lots of depth and flavor.