“…they removed the covers of the dishes, and found rich, hot, savory soup, which was a meal in itself…”
-A Little Princess, chapter 16
In A Little Princess, when Sara and Becky find a feast waiting for them in their room, one of the items on the table is a delicious soup. Since this soup is described as being rich and “a meal in itself,” I knew it had to be something loaded with veggies and protein. Since we later discover that this meal was provided by “the Indian gentleman” (who is actually an Englishman who just spent a lot of time in India), I wanted to make a soup that had some Indian influences.
I chose lentils as the base of this soup, to give a nod to the Indian gentleman and to give the soup the richness described in the book. Root vegetables round out the simple flavors of this soup, while adding richness on their own as well.
I’ve tried making this soup with Indian spices (i.e. garam masala) as well as without it, and I prefer it without, so the recipe below reflects that. But, if you enjoy traditional Indian flavors, add a couple of teaspoons of garam masala to the mix to give the soup a warm, rich flavor.
Lentil Soup – A Little Princess Recipe
- 1 cup red lentils, dry
- 6 cups water or vegetable broth
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 2 tsp. onion powder
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Rinse the lentils and place them in a slow cooker with the 6 cups of water or broth.
- Turn the slow cooker on high, and cook for one hour.
- Add the vegetables, including the whole can of tomatoes with the juices, and cook for another hour.
- Add the seasonings, and cook for one more hour to allow all the flavors to come together.
- Serve with bread or rice.
I hope you enjoy this hearty soup. The flavors are simple, but satisfying. I can definitely see this soup being a meal in itself!
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