A Spoonful of Spice

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Spiced Red Lentil and Potato Soup

With a forecast of endless snow from storm Juno, people have descended on the grocery stores for supplies. I walked into Brooklyn Fare to just get an apple and yogurt on Monday, but I was suddenly convinced by the long line and people grabbing things like crazy to pick up some other "essentials"--roasted red peppers, fresh ginger, and canned whole tomatoes. I have never actually been snowed in, so the frenzy and panic of not having enough food to last completely escaped me. But as I saw the snow begin to pile up outside, I started to think I should have picked up some more things. Oh well....now I know what to do next time: Go for the eggs, kale, bread, and milk, first.

I did manage to make a delicious, hearty soup with those random ingredients. So, while my judgment may be questionable, at least I'm resourceful.

This lentil soup has a spicy fragrance that will warm the kitchen, and will last for several snow days.  

Share and Enjoy! 


1/2 tsp. cumin, 

1/2 tsp. coriander, 

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, 

1 tsp. cinnamon,

1/2 tsp. black pepper

2 tsp. salt


1 red onion, diced

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1/4 in. fresh ginger, minced

2-3 tbsp. grapeseed oil

1 1/2 cup red lentils

4 cups of chicken broth

12 oz. halved baby potatoes

1lb., 12 oz canned whole peeled tomato

1 roasted red pepper, chopped


  1. Heat the grapeseed oil in a large pot. 
  2. Add chopped onion, minced garlic, and minced ginger and saute for 5 minutes. 
  3. Add the spices, halved mini potatoes, and red lentils. Heat for another minute. 
  4. Add the chicken broth and whole peeled tomatoes. 
  5. Bring the combination to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer; and simmer for 25 minutes. 
  6. Add the chopped roasted red pepper. Taste for seasoning, and add salt and pepper to taste.