Often I ran out of ideas of making healthy meals for us, toddler included. But I have a few go to recipes that I use quite often in our daily meals. Lentil soup is one of them. I make it according to a recipe given to me by my mum, I have just added few extra spices. My son loves this thick soup and it works perfect for children. I just give him a buttered toast with it.
3/4 cup red lentils
1 tsp mild curry
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
1 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp turmeric
salt and pepper to taste
2-3 tsp oil
1/3 cup rice
1. Add the lentils to a deep pot and add 2 cups water and let it boil. Be careful as the lentils can boil over the sides of the pot. Quickly lower the heat until it has relaxed little. It will be somewhat foamy, when that happens you can easily remove the foam with a wide spoon. When the water is reduced add another 2 cups of water and let it simmer.
2. While the lentils are simmering, chop the onion and fry it in a pan with the oil and half of the curry, until golden brown.
3. Add the fried onions to the lentils together with all remaining spices and the rice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. I add the rice so that it thickens the soup. Let everything simmer together until it has reduced and the soup has thickened. If it becomes to thick quickly add some boiled water.
4. Serve in bowls with baguette and butter, a lovely combo!