Red lentil soup with sumac and goji berries

Vegetarian, Soy Free

2 Servings, 600 Calories/Serving

35 Minutes

The Chinese have long used goji berries as an herbal tonic. They’re loaded with antioxidants and other nutrients, but they’re also delicious, with a slightly tart flavor and a chewy raisin-like texture. We love them as a garnish in this warming lentil soup that’s seasoned with garam masala, sumac, and cinnamon.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons goji berries
  • 1 to 2 shallots
  • 1 to 2 carrots
  • ½ ounce fresh ginger
  • 2 ounces baby arugula
  • Lentil spice blend (cinnamon- garam masala- garlic powder)
  • ¾ cup red lentils
  • 1 naan
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon sumac

Instructions

1

Soak the berries

In a bowl, cover the goji berries with hot water and soak until softened, 12 to 15 minutes. Then drain.

2

Prep the vegetables

  • Peel the shallots and cut into thin slices.
  • Scrub the carrots, trim the tops, and cut into thin slices.
  • Peel the ginger and cut into thin slices.
  • Coarsely chop the arugula.

3

Make the soup

In a pot over medium heat, warm 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the shallots, carrots, and ginger, season with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the lentil spice blend and stir to coat.
Add the lentils, three quarters of the arugula, and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until the lentils are tender, 13 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. While the soup cooks, toast the naan.

4

Toast the naan

In a dry pan on the stovetop or in a toaster oven, heat the naan until lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes on each side, and divide in half.

5

Serve

Transfer the soup to individual bowls. Garnish with the goji berries, yogurt, sumac, and the remaining arugula. Serve with the naan on the side.

Nutrition per serving: Calories: 600, Protein: 30 g, Total Fat: 19 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.5 g, Saturated Fat: 3.5 g, Cholesterol: 5 mg, Carbohydrates: 82 g, Fiber: 15 g, Added Sugar: 0 g, Sodium: 480 mg,

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