Curried Red Lentil Soup

This is a lovely flavorful soup. If you are a 'Souper' (meaning you are addicted to soups) and lentils then this is the soup for you. If you don't - well - try it anyway. You may surprise yourself. It is a very quick soup to make - about an hour and has great texture and a full flavour. In spite of the curry powder it is not spicy just full of flavor. Like most soups it is great the first day and even more delicious the next day.
Curried Red Lentil Soup
(Adapted from the Chez Piggy Cookbook)

2 Tbsp butter
2 onions, diced
2 carrots, small dice
4 large cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric
2 c. red lentils
6 c. vegetable stock
1 1/2 c. coconut milk
1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped

Melt butter in large pot over medium heat. Add onions and carrots and fry 5 mins until onions are translucent. Add garlic, ginger, curry, cumin & turmeric & cook 5 mins. Add stock and coconut milk.

Add salt & pepper to taste. Simmer & stir about 40 mins until lentils tender. Stir in cilantro and cook 5 mins. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

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