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Thick or thin skinned? Can you be both at once? Zero Dark Thirty relates the story of Maya, who cared with incredible perseverance and tenacity. She was thick skinned in forcing her vision to fruition, but thin skinned with empathetic pain, need for justice and closure.

Spicy Lentil Carrot Soup packs a wallop. Thick or thin skinned, you’ll enjoy the flavour and heat of this dense soup-meal.
Spicy Lentil Carrot Soup

Spicy Lentil Carrot Soup

  • 2 c red lentils, rinsed
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1-2 onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 t each; turmeric and cumin seeds
  • 1 t sea salt
  • 1/2 t freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 small red chilies, seeded and minced
  • 1 28 oz can plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 4 carrots, peeled, quartered and sliced
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 6 c soup stock
  • 1 14 oz can coconut milk (optional)
  • finely chopped cilantro as garnish

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened. Add garlic, seasonings and chilies, stirring for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Add carrots, lentils, lemon juice and soup stock. Simmer for about an hour, until the carrots are cooked.

Spicy Lentil Carrot Soup

Stir in coconut milk and cook an additional 20 minutes just before serving. Sprinkle with cilantro, and serve with a green salad and toasty naan bread. Serves 6-8.

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Spicy Lentil Carrot Soup

Final notes:

  • This soup was so thick that I came close to renaming it a stew–or a curry. It even tasted delicious cold, before adding the coconut milk.
  • Credit for this recipe goes to Judith Finlayson‘s Slow Cooker Recipes.