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Tamarind Red Lentil Soup
with bok choy / rice

Active: 30 minTotal: 30 min

The naturally sweet and tart flavors of tamarind add a unique, bright flavor that goes well with the earthiness of lentils in this easy soup. Feel free to leave the lentils whole or puree the soup for a more creamy texture.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Tamarind Red Lentil Soup:
  • Onions, medium - 1, diced
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
  • Limes - 1, wedges
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, white and green parts combined
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/4 tsp
  • Tomatoes, crushed (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can (fire roasted tomatoes are great here, but regular will work)
  • Coconut milk, light - 1 cup
  • Stock, any type - 2 1/2 cups
  • Tamarind concentrate - 3 Tbsp
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  • Lentils, red and uncooked - 1 1/4 cup (sub yellow lentils)
Seared Baby Bok Choy:
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, thinly slice
  • Baby bok choy - 12 oz, halved and chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
White or Brown Rice (for 2 nights):
  • Rice, uncooked white or brown - 2 cups

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Rice - (This makes enough for 2 nights.) For white rice, rinse until clear. Fill a saucepan or Dutch oven (or rice cooker) with rice, water (use 2:1 ratio for water to rice), and some salt. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Once water boils, stir, lower heat to a low-medium, and cover. Check white rice after ~20 min; brown at ~45 min. Rice is done when it's absorbed all the water. If it's not done, leave the cover on until all water has been absorbed. Take cover off to release steam and fluff with a wooden spoon after 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Onions / Garlic (for soup and bok choy) - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Bok choy - Halve bok choy lengthwise and rinse thoroughly in cold water to remove any dirt trapped in the stems. Drain and then chop. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Limes / Green onions - Prep as directed.

Make

  1. Heat a Dutch oven with oil (portion for soup) over medium heat. Add onions with a pinch of salt. Saute until soft, 4 to 6 minutes.
  2. Add garlic (portion for soup) and red pepper flakes (if using) and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in tomatoes, coconut milk, stock, tamarind paste, sugar, and lentils. Bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer until lentils are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. While soup simmers, heat a wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil (portion for bok choy) and then chopped bok choy to the pan.
  5. Saute bok choy for ~3 minutes and then add garlic (portion for bok choy). Saute for another 3 to 5 minutes, until bok choy is tender but still has some crunch. Season with some salt, pepper, and lime juice (from the sliced wedges).
  6. When soup is finished, taste and season with some salt. (Optional: If you would like a smooth soup, puree with an immersion blender or transfer to a blender and blend until smooth.)
  7. If rice was made ahead, reheat in the microwave. (Reserve half for Thursday.)
  8. Divide rice and soup between serving bowls (we like to serve rice on one half of the bowl and soup on the other, so you can combine them as you eat). Serve bok choy on the side or add it right on top of the soup / rice. Top with green onions and serve lime wedges on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (54)
Gluten-free (4)
Paleo (3)
Vegetarian (12)

44 reviews

It was really good! My only issue (not with CS) was that the tamarind I bought from amazon said there weren't any seeds and it was full of them. So i had to really make sure to cut my kid's portions well to make sure they didn't get any seeds.

By: Stephanie
Posted: Mar 31, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

I wasn't able to find tamarind, but the bok choy per the recipe was great and doing the salmon with just a different sauce with these cook times was great too!

By: Shelley
Posted: Feb 18, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Some of the best salmon I've had. This meal was delicious!

By: Catherine
Posted: Feb 13, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

That tamarind is so fun of a flavor profile!

By: Nicole
Posted: Feb 08, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was easy, fast, and tasty! Marinated for only 15 mins, and it was still very flavorful. This is definitely going in our salmon recipe rotation.

By: Sarah
Posted: Jan 31, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Used chicken instead. Couldn’t find tamarind, so subbed lemon juice and brown sugar. Was decent.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Jan 30, 2020
Diet: Original
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