Every year at this time, when the cheery Christmas lights have been turned off, the snow has been transformed from cozy white blanket to oppressive grey shroud, and everyone seems to have thrown down their show shovels and gone on pilgrimage for warm beaches and cold rum punch, I find myself hankering for spices from far, far away. At the same time, I’m afflicted with a deep-winter bone laziness, so I need to get my exotic fix with the absolute least possible amount of effort.
Enter…this soup. It makes my kitchen smell like what I imagine my kitchen would smell like, were I to vacation in Mumbai. It tastes like I chopped and simmered and ground spices for hours, instead of just throwing everything in a pot and then shuffling back to another episode of Gilmore Girls.
And this soup is not just another pretty face. Oh no. It packs in real nutrition. Lentils are a great source of iron and protein, so I can make it through a whole afternoon without rummaging through the fridge for cheese and crackers….