Thai Inspired Red Lentil Soup with Aromatic Chilli Oil

When Autumn arrives, the first thing I make is Rice Pudding. For Ottolenghi it is this Thai inspired soup that he makes when the arrival of autumn is officially announced. And what a way to celebrate Autumn! It is fresh, creamy and loaded with flavour. Great choice, Ottolenghi!

Making this soup with split red lentils (masoor dal) will give you a brighter coloured, but it can also be made with whole red lentils. The recipe does not specify which one. Whole lentils provide a deeper flavour and darker colour, and they won’t blend to as smooth a soup, but are just as fine to use if you prefer to. I have made today’s soup with whole lentils.

This is an Ottolenghi dish from Plenty More. It is Ottolenghi day on the blog – one of two days per month where we publish all the latest posts of recipes we have tried in our project of cooking from Ottolenghi books – currently we are cooking from Plenty More, but not ignoring his other books completely. Note that I often massage the recipes to suit what is available from our garden and pantry. For the original recipes, check his books and his Guardian column.

Similar recipes include Red Lentil Soup with Thick Yoghurt, Red Lentil Soup with Spices, Ginger and Garlic, and Masoor Dal with Green Peppers.

Browse all of our Red Lentil dishes and all of our Soups. Our Ottolenghi dishes from Plenty More are here. We have written about our experiences cooking through this book. Or explore our Mid Autumn dishes.

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Dates and Saffron Soaked in Spiced Ghee | An Ancient Rasayana

For millennia, dates have been considered an energy giving tonic by many cultures. Taken to the next level by Ayurveda (the Indian traditional medical system), dates are combined with other healing and energy giving substances – ghee, saffron, cardamom, cinnamon and ginger. Rich and sweet, Dates and Saffron Soaked in Spiced Ghee is said to nourish and revitalize your deepest tissues. This mixture is a classic rasayana, a tonic for rejuvenation. It is also an ancient love potion! Whether you want to love another person, or your life, or just find more happiness in your day, this is definitely or you.

Healing and love making, what more is need from a tonic that is more like a snack than medicine? It is said to strengthen immunity as well as aid digestion.tes and Alm

You might like to also try our Dates Milk to fight Fatigue.  Try some other Ayurvedic dishes: Cardamom, Coriander and Fennel Tea, Ginger and Tulsi Tea, and Diet and Consciousness.

Also try Saffron, Dates and Almond Rice, and Saffron and Rose Scented Aubergine.

Have a look at other Date recipes, and our Ayurveda recipes. Or browse our Indian recipes. You might like to check our Late Spring recipes here.

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Freeze Your Garlic

Keep good garlic available for winter

Did you know that garlic freezes rather well? I have to thank Kathryn Elliott for bringing this to my attention.

Garlic is a seasonal crop, and local garlic is cheap over summer. It begins to peak in price during late Summer and early Autumn, continuing to rise until late Autumn or Early Winter until it is no longer available. The only option then is to buy overseas garlic of dubious quality.

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MID SPRING Tips, Hints and How To’s for Easy Times in Your Spring Kitchen | Seasonal Cooking

Inspiration for Mid Spring Healthy Living

Help in the Kitchen for Mid Spring with tips and hints for cooking this season’s foods.

Celebrating Spring

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MID AUTUMN Tips, Hints and How To’s for Easy Times in the Autumn Kitchen | Seasonal Cooking

Tips to help you with healthy Autumn living

Help in the Kitchen for Mid Autumn with tips and hints for cooking this season’s foods.

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EARLY SPRING Hints, Tips and Info for an Easy Time in Your Spring Kitchen | Seasonal Cooking

As we move out of our dark winter kitchens we begin to stock up for our essentials for warmer, lighter weather cooking. Our minds and hands turn to stocking up for our Warmer Weather cooking.

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EARLY AUTUMN Tips, Hints and Info for Easy TImes in the Autumn Kitchen | Seasonal Cooking

Extensive Hints and Tips to ensure a happy kitchen and the best use of produce.

We are stocking up for Winter and preparing for shorter days and colder nights. These Autumn months are busy ones, putting things away to be used when summer produce is no longer available.

Enjoy our Helpful Hint Inspiration for Early Autumn.

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LATE SUMMER Tips, Hints and How To’s for Easy Times in the Summer Kitchen | Seasonal Cooking

Help in the kitchen with Tips and Hints to help balanced, healthy living in Late Summer.

Help in the Kitchen for Late Summer with tips and hints for cooking this season’s foods.

Enjoy these Tips and Hints for Summer weather. You can also browse

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LATE WINTER Tips, Hints and How To’s for Easy Times in the Winter Kitchen | Seasonal Cooking

Help in the kitchen with Tips and Hints to help balanced, healthy living in Late Winter.

Help in the Kitchen for Late Winter with tips and hints for cooking this season’s foods.

Celebrating Beautiful Winter

Enjoy these Tips and Hints for Winter weather.

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MID SUMMER Hints, Tips and How To’s for Easy Times in the Kitchen | Seasonal Cooking

Ideas for easy Summer living

Help in the Kitchen for Mid Summer with tips and hints for cooking this season’s foods.

I hope you can find some inspiration here for summer healthy deliciousness.

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MID WINTER Hints, Tips and Info for Easy Times in the Winter Kitchen | Seasonal Cooking

Inspiration for Healthy Mid Winter Living

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Pickled Ginger | King Dong

Who does not know the delights of pickled ginger these days? Ubiquitous with sushi, it is as common today as pickled beetroot. Come to think of it, much more common. In 1999, when I first made this, it was a different matter, and if you wanted pink pickled ginger, you made your own. Enjoy!

Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Carrot and Kombu Quick Pickle, Pickled Cumquats, and Pickled Jicama.

You might also like to browse our Ginger recipes and our Pickle recipes. Check out our easy Early Spring recipes as well.

There is also a information post on Ginger here. and one on Pickled Ginger here.

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Coriander Paste | Cilantro Paste

Coriander (Cilantro) paste is useful in so many cuisines – Greek, other Mediterranean, Indian, Vietnamese, Malaysian and other SE Asian dishes, to name a few. Sadly, it is difficult to keep fresh coriander in the kitchen for very long. One way to have that delicious flavour on hand at all times is to make coriander paste. For other ways, check out how to preserve fresh herbs. I recommend tall, tightly sealed, plastic containers – I have found this the best way.

This is a great paste for stirring into soups and broths, adding to Indian and S. E. Asian dishes – add a generous spoonful when frying off other ingredients – or adding to sauces.

Are you looking for other coriander recipes? Similar recipes include Zhoug, the Middle Eastern Coriander Paste and Dip, Coriander Pesto, and Coriander and Coconut Chutney. Also similar is an Apricot Chutney that can be made with dried apricots.

Or try these: Carrots and Green Peas with Green Coriander, Coriander and Lemongrass Vichyssoise, Pudla with Green Coriander, or Urad Dal with Tomato, Coconut and Green Coriander. Coriander Fritters are pretty good too.

Read some more about Green Coriander, and also How to Use Leftover Green Coriander.

You might also like other Coriander dishes and other Coriander Pastes. Middle Eastern dishes are here and here. Perhaps also browse all of our Pastes – we have some good Chilli pastes indeed. Or simply take some time to browse our Mid Summer recipes.

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EARLY WINTER Hints and Tips for Easy Winter Living | SEASONAL COOKING

 

Help in the Kitchen for Early Winter with tips and hints for cooking this season’s foods.

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Seasonal Cooking | EARLY SUMMER Tips, Hints and Info for Summer Cooking

Inspiration for Healthy Living in Early Summer

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