Red Lentil And Cauliflower Soup

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1 ½ cups red lentils or masoor dal

2 tablespoons of ghee, or vegetable oil or butter (or a combination)

1 large yellow onion, chopped


3 cloves of garlic, minced

½ inch slice of ginger root, minced, or more to taste

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 teaspoon freshly toasted and ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

3 cups chicken stock

2 bay leaves

3 medium carrots, peeled or scrubbed, and cut into ½ inch slices

1 head of cauliflower, trimmed and broken into bite-sized florets

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro (optional if stirring in a green chutney)

Juice of a lime (optional if stirring in a green chutney)

Freshly ground pepper, to taste


Mint and/or cilantro chutney (There are several good fresh chutney recipes on food52.) (See note below.)

Cucumber Raita (or crème fraiche, sour cream, or Greek yogurt)

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