Friday, October 29, 2010

Fakes Soupa - Greek Lentil soup

  • 5 tomatoes, chopped and pureed
  • 1/4 cup Fresh sweet corn
  • 1/4 cup Whole masoor / brown lentils (soaked overnight)
  • 1/4 cup Barley (soaked overnight)
  • 1 potato peeled and cubed
  • 1 zucchini sliced into half
  • 1 carrot sliced into half
  • salt to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp mixed Italian herb
  • 1 tsp of vinegar or Cumin
  • (Notes: You can play around with different sorts of vegetables as you like)
  1. Heat the oil in a sauce pan, add garlic and fry well then add masoor and Barley, fry well for 2-3 mins
  2. Now add all the vegetables and fry well again.
  3. Add pureed tomatoes, Italian herb, salt.
  4. Let it boil for 2- 3min and add 2 cups of water and let it cook for 7-8 min or till the Barley is cooked, with lid closed.
  5. Finally, add vinegar to soup in pot and stir through - this will give the soup its characteristic tang. If you prefer a spicy flavour, add some cumin to the soup instead of vinegar.
  6. Serve warm.
  7. Serve with wholegrain toasted bread. For an absolutely complete "Greek" meal accompany soup with olives, reduced fat fetta, and a glass of wine.

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