Red lentils and carrots soup

September 23, 2010

Red lentils and carrots soup

Thursday is the pea soup day in Finland, habit inherited from our neighbor Sweden when the country still belonged to the Swedish Realm. The tradition might have come in the Christian era, as a preparation for fasting on Friday.

I wanted to make pea soup today but I wasn’t feeling so well ( I am having this upset stomach since yesterday night ).  Due to the heaviness of the pea soup meal I thought it is a better idea to skip it and have a lighter soup instead.

This soup I made today was a success. Mr. mies liked a lot and the girls gobbled two portions of it. Pure vegetables only ^_^  ( score! )

Red lentils and carrots soup

Finnish ingredients I used in parentheses.

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 5 medium carrots, chopped
  • one big onion, chopped
  • one garlic clove,  peeled
  • 1 l vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 dl dried red lentils ( dl is the standard measure used in Finland. About 3/4 cup )
  • salt and white pepper – as per taste
  • 2 dl cream ( ruokakerma ) – 1 dl for the soup and 1 dl to serve
  • few drops of lemon juice
  • chopped parsley to serve

Soak the lentils before chopping the vegetables. Heat oil in a big pan, add the carrots, onion and cook until lightly browned and tender.  Drain the lentils and let dry in a sieve.

Add the vegetable broth, the garlic ( yes, the whole garlic, it will be removed in the end ) and let the carrots cook , about 5 minutes. Add the lentils and cook 10 minutes until soft.

Remove the garlic and discard. Puree the soup using a blender ( I used a hand blender straight to the pan ), add 1 dl of cream and let heat (but not boil ). Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Add few drops of lemon juice to the remaining cream ( it won’t curd, just get a bit tangy ).

Before serving , pour a swirl of the lemon cream and sprinkle parsley on top. ( I used dried parsley but the fresher the better )

Red lentils and carrots soup

My notes about the recipe:

Since my stomach is sensitive at the moment, I didn’t add much of any spices. I suggest to add grated ginger or cumin for a flavor kick. Plain yogurt is a good substitute for the cream on top but I didn’t have it home.

You can omit the cream from the whole recipe. I added because I had it in fridge and I wanted to “smooth” the taste to make the soup appealing to the kids too.


10 Responses to “Red lentils and carrots soup”

  1. sheri Says:

    Yummy! So delish and perfect for fall. Will love to try with cumin. Thanks!

  2. ChantaleP Says:

    Perfect for fall! Beautiful soup wow, love the colours. Really beautiful to look at and looks wonderful to eat! I didn’t know they have pea soup days in Finland.. We have that here in Quebec as well! But ours is Fridays.. : ) It is on the menu at alot of restaurants and cafes still.. on Fridays.

  3. Notabrownbag Says:

    Looks so yumz…I’m making this in the winter..I love home made soups :)

  4. Laura Says:

    Eeeeeee, eu vi esse negócio da tradição da sopa de ervilha na quinta-feira no programa do Jamie Oliver na Suécia, não sabia que vcs faziam isso também.

    Hmm, sopa de lentilha, eu adoro! A mãe faz com a lentilha inteira também, e coloca bacon picadinho, bastante cebola e macarrãozinho.

    A Ayu ainda está decidindo o que quer, mas deve ser Super Mario, Polly ou Barbie 3 Mosqueteiras, hehehee.


  5. Susan Says:

    Nice! Looks and sounds delicious. I would love a bowl please! :)

  6. karaimame Says:

    Yes, cumin is great in this! Also in pumpkin soup . Sometimes I like to toast seeds with cumin and salt to add crunchiness and flavor on top of soups ^_^.
    Thanks Sheri for your comment!

  7. karaimame Says:

    So interesting!! Pea soup is on the menu of restaurants on Thursdays :), also served in schools and in the army :D.
    Chantale, thanks for your lovely comment ^_^

  8. karaimame Says:

    Mils, thanks! It is a very easy soup , we liked a lot :)

  9. karaimame Says:

    AêÊ, é coisa dos nossos vizinhos suecos :). Entao.. toda quinta feira, em qquer restaurante é sopa de ervilha.. com costelinha defumada.. hmmm!!
    A sopa da mae é de lentilha verde?? Deve ser uma delícia!!!!!

    Ah! Depois me diga o que a Ayu quer.. mas vou dizendo, acho que das Barbas vai ser bem difícil!! ;)

  10. karaimame Says:

    Thanks Susan! Sending you a piping hot bowl of soup ^_^!

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