I thought i would start with something simple, and show you why you should purchase some of the things in the ‘necessary’ list for your cupboard/fridge/freezer. I know all too well about the late nights after work, or the times you forget to eat while you are writing that 2500 word paper; one moment you are looking at the clocks dial saying 3:10pm then when you look back it is 9:43pm and you still haven’t eaten anything.
However, even if you haven’t ever experienced either situation and you are just looking for a quick, warm and cheap meal, this is a pretty safe and delicious option. You need 4-5 things and it takes about half an hour to make.
Stuff you will need:
– a spot of oil
– 1 onion, chopped to your liking (i prefer thin, long pieces but whatever works)
– 1-2 tablespoon of curry power (i don’t recommend that yellow canister brand, it isn’t very good. Get a proper curry powder from an Indian or Asian supermarket, even Woolworths. They come in a little resealable bag)
– 1 cup of dry lentils (i like the red ones, but it doesn’t matter)
– 2 cups of a stock that you like, i use chicken (it is vegan friendly!)
– 1 cup of water
– 1 400g can of diced tomatoes
Note: if you want to put extra vegetables in (zucchini, potato, capsicum, kale, cherry tomatoes, eggplant and even bacon if you hate things that are meat free :P)
1. heat a medium sized pot with a little bit of oil in it, add the chopped onions with a teeny bit of salt (this draws water from the onion and stops them from burning, science!)
2. after the onions are soft (about 5 or so minutes) pour in the lentils and the curry powder, stir them together well and cook them till the curry powder is fragrant.
3. pour in the tomato and stock, stir and bring to a boil. leave boiling for about 10 minutes and then turn down to a medium to low heat (remember to stir it, and if you are adding extra bits put them in now)
leave it on the stove, simmering, for about 20-30 minutes, or until the lentils have cooked and the liquid is somewhat evaporated. Season and nom!
That was pretty easy, right? You didn’t even need to go out and buy anything! This soup will feed 4 kind of hungry people and 3 very hungry. If you have some lying around, why not toast up some bread and eat it along side the soup? You can also freeze it if you maybe live alone and want a good back up meal.
Next time… Carrot cake or gluten free vegan mud cake? Hmm..