Home Cooking: Beth Miller’s Curried Lentil, Tomato, and Coconut Soup
April 1, 2020
Nash Disability Law Hearing Attorney Beth Miller is an intense sports fanatic and a competitive cyclist who also loves to cook (and eat). Here is her special recipe for a soup that may be the perfect comfort food while we are all sheltering in place. (To learn more about Beth, click here.)
Curried Lentil, Tomato, and Coconut Soup
2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 (2 1/2″) piece ginger, peeled, finely grated
1 tablespoon medium curry powder (such as S&B)*
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3/4 cup red lentils
1 (14.5-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro, plus leaves with tender stems for serving
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
1 (13.5-ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk, shaken well
Lime wedges (for serving)
* This recipe calls for medium curry powder, but it’s flexible. If the one you have is mild or very spicy, adjust the heat level with more, or less, red pepper flakes.
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring often, until softened and golden brown, 8–10 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, curry powder, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add lentils and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add tomatoes, ½ cup cilantro, a generous pinch of salt, and 2½ cups water; season with pepper. Set aside ¼ cup coconut milk for serving and add remaining coconut milk to saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until lentils are soft but not mushy, 20–25 minutes. Season soup with more salt and pepper if needed.
To serve, divide soup among bowls. Drizzle with reserved coconut milk and top with more cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.
Make this Soup Ahead
Soup (without toppings) can be made 3 days ahead. Let cool; cover and chill.