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Spicy Red Lentil Soup with Magic Potion

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Red Lentil Soup with Magic Potion AartiI chose to make this soup for its simplicity, interesting ingredient list and spices that I already carry in my pantry.   It is another recipe from Aarti Sequeria of the Next Food Network Star.  The soup is not only  healthy, but it’s full of unusual  flavors that come together so nicely.

When I began to prepare the soup, I realized that I have to serve it with a little drizzle of honey… I thought I will just skip this step since I did not want any sweetness in my soup.  Well, my perspective changed when I tried serving it to my younger daughter, Ariana.

So here is what happened:

I finished making the soup just in time for lunch.  I tried serving it to Ariana and my neighbor’s kids first, since they were all playing together.  My neighbor’s kids liked it and started eating their soup, but not my picky eater.  She did not even want to come near it.  So I decided to break their playtime so she will have a healthy lunch.

After lot of convincing, she decided to try it.  However, she was still not that in love with the taste.  She was only trying to eat so that I can take her to see her cousins later.

Then, getting agitated, I went back to my kitchen and decided to taste the soup with a tiny drizzle of honey.  Wow! It was like magic…  the flavors of the soup all of a sudden were more intense and tasted even better.

I had a new game plan… I decided to drizzle an itsy bitsy amount of honey into Ariana’s bowl and convinced her to have it again.  I told her that I had added a magic potion in her soup and it is now much better than before.  I also told her if she has the soup she’s going to be smarter, stronger and prettier.

It worked!  She had the soup and I was proud of her to try something so new and different.

I did play with the recipe just a tiny bit to my own taste preference.  If you want the original recipe, please click here.

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  • Pachecopatty

    Beautiful bowl of lentil soup, I'm sure it was delicious!

  • Marisa Musto

    That is so funny/interesting how just a bit of honey can make such a difference. I love honey. It really can add a special something to dishes. This lentil soup sounds good!

  • Sanjana @ KO Rasoi

    Love it :) Very similar to the Gujarati daal I make.. Beautiful picture!

  • http://frombatoparis.blogspot.com Frombuenosairestoparis

    I love lentil soup and this recipe sounds great !!
    Glad to find a young lady so talented AND with the name of my favourite aunt!

  • http://bakerwanabe.com Anna

    Delicious combination of flavors, it looks lovely.

  • Nicole @ The dirty oven

    Wow!!! Magic honey… Going to have to try this! Thanks

  • http://www.bakingbarrister.com Baking Barrister

    sounds like a really interesting combo. do you think regular brown lentils would work?

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    I think brown lentils will work too. You might have to cook them a little longer. Let me know if you try.

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Thanks Nicole!

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Thanks so much Anna!

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Very cool! Thanks for your comment!

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Thanks Sanjana! I am a fan of your cooking and often save your recipes. I am still learning the Indian world of cooking. I feel like there is so much that I don't know.

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Thanks Marisa! I was so surprised.

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Thank you and yes we all enjoyed it!

  • Chalkysue-frostedrosepetals

    this looks devine, im really in the mood for this right now , yummmmmm

  • http://www.theardentepicure.com/ Magic of Spice

    What a great idea with the honey :) Soup looks great!

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Thanks so much!

  • Squeaky Gourmet

    YUM! It is 50 degrees outside right now–this sounds perfect!

  • http://benutritious.com/ Magda

    Wow that's really an unusual ingredient, I've never had any soup with honey. How much do you add?

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    For each serving, I would say 1/8th of a teaspoon. Not much, just a drizzle to give some added sweet flavor.

  • http://mission-food.blogspot.com Victoria

    Awww, I love that she ate all her soup after you added the magic potion, haah! I love honey and I'm sure that was a nice touch to the soup, yum!

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