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Ayurvedic Vegetable Lentil Soup With Turmeric [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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If you are unfamiliar with Ayurveda, it is one of the world's oldest forms of medicine that focuses on balancing the elements that make up the human form. One of the most important ways to maintain a balance is through food. Ayurvedic foods focus on using an abundance of balancing spices, like in this vegetable lentil soup. This is a very light variation of an Ayurvedic dish called kitchari, incorporating lentils and a variety of veggies that will keep you full, but not weigh you down.

Ayurvedic Vegetable Lentil Soup With Turmeric [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Serves

6

Ingredients

For the Soup:

  • 2 cups lentils, rinsed and soaked minimum 2 hours
  • 5 cups chopped vegetables, such as zucchini, chayote, carrots, celery, and tomatoes (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1-inch piece chopped or grated fresh ginger
  • 1 big tablespoon coconut oil

For the Herbs and Spices:

  • 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground mustard seeds
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Sea salt, to taste

Preparation

  1. Start by heating a large pan on medium heat. Add ghee or coconut oil and melt. Add garlic, onion, and fresh ginger and sauté until light golden. Add all your herbs and spices and burst until aroma comes out and spices are open.
  2. Add your hardest vegetables/roots and cook until they look slightly cooked. Transfer to a big pot and add about 1 liter of water. Add the rest of your vegetables and rinsed lentils (they should be already soaked) and cook for about 30-40 minutes, until lentils are soft and the soup is boiling.
  3. Serve with fresh cilantro or parsley.

Notes

Preferably use water-rich vegetables and avoid roots for a lighter version.

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AUTHOR & RECIPE DETAILS


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Easy raw vegan desserts with the occasional Mediterranean-inspired lunch. Priscilla is a certified health and detox coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and holistic nutrition student at Pacific Rim College. She has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University and certified in raw cuisine from Matthew Kenney Academy. She shares her passion for health through her different social media Gastrawnomica, where her followers can learn more plant based recipes, nutrition tips and detoxification practices. She also works with clients all over the world as a holistic nutrition consultant and detoxification expert.


 

 

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