Curried Lentil Soup

November 19, 2008

I’m always on the lookout for recipes that are delicious, relatively simple, inexpensive, nutritious and make great leftovers (in other words, perfect grad student dishes).  A tall order?  Not so tall as you might think.  Take a look at Exhibit A below: Curried Lentil Soup.  I’ve been making this one for several years and it never disappoints.  Recipe courtesy of Bon Appetit with a few small changes that I like.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 8-ounce russet potato, peeled, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 14 1/2-ounce cans low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 2 cups lentils (about 12 ounces), rinsed, drained
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas
Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, potato, garlic and carrot and sauté. until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Mix in curry powder and cayenne and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add broth, tomatoes with juices and lentils and bring to boil. Cover pot, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until lentils are very tender, about 45 minutes. Throw in the frozen peas with about 10 minutes to go.  Season soup to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made up to 2 days ahead. Refrigerate until cold; cover and keep refrigerated. Before serving, rewarm soup over low heat.)

Every Blog Begins with a Single Post

November 17, 2008

Maybe you’ve come across Gwyneth Paltrow’s new lifestyle website, GOOP.  Although her advice about how to “nourish the inner aspect” has already met with quite a backlash, there’s a part of me that does enjoy her newsletters about little black dresses and turkey ragu.  (The ones about eliminating sugar and detoxification cleansing?  Ehhhh, not so much.)  

But taking lifestyle advice from a celebrity can be pretty hard to swallow, even in the best case scenario.  Like Gwyneth, I’m on a quest to make my life good in terms what I eat, where I go and what I do (professionally and personally).  Unlike Gwyneth, I have quite a limited budget in terms of time and money.  

This blog is the story of a grad student trying to live the good life.  It ain’t always easy on my limited stipend and with a seemingly endless amount of work to do.  But I’m trying.  I hope you’ll join me as I share my attempts.