One can never have too many soup recipes, especially during the heart of this very cold winter.
However, this isn’t your standard red lentil soup. Have I ever shared a standard recipe? Probably not.
The red lentils are infused with coriander and star anise, spiked with orange juice and a touch of fresh ginger gives you a bit of a bite. This split pea soup has also has ginger and coriander, but the orange and star anise were a refreshing twist. Flavours that seemed a tad unusual but worked very well.
Red lentil soups shared here previously:
I am sharing this with Souper Sundays.
Orange Red Lentil Soup with Coriander and Star Anise
Adapted from Dreena Burton’s Let Them Eat Vegan
1 tbsp coconut oil, or oil of choice
1 medium onion, diced
1 small carrot, peeled and chopped
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
ground pepper, to taste
1 tsp whole coriander seeds, placed in a tea ball/bag
3 whole star anise, placed with coriander seeds in the tea ball/bag
2 cups dry red lentils, rinsed
5 cups water, or more to create your desired consistency
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp no-salt seasoning
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 bay leaf
1 tsp orange zest (obtain this prior to juicing your oranges)
1.5 tbsp freshly grated ginger
1. In a large pot over medium heat, heat the oil. Once hot, add onion and carrots. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and saute until the vegetables are softened, around 7-8 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, add the coriander and star anise to a tea ball/bag )or something that allows it to infuse the soup and then remove). Add the tea ball, lentils, water, nutritional yeast, no-salt seasoning, orange juice and bay leaf to the pot. Bring to a boil, cover, then reduce heat and return to a simmer on low.Remove the tea ball after 15 minutes, or continue to infuse with additional flavour. Continue to simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes (20-25 minutes in total) or until the lentils are cooked through.
3. Stir in the orange zest and ginger and cook for another 3-4 minutes, until heated through. Remove the bay leaf. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.