Coconut, lentil and lemongrass soup

Warm and satisfying, this soup is great for any occasion. This make a large batch so you may want to halve it! You can also leave the oil out and just pop it all in the slow cooker adding the spinach at the end

INGREDIENTS:

2 large onions, peeled and chopped
4 cloves garlic finely chopped or pressed
1 tablespoons fresh ginger root, minced
1–2 drops Lemongrass essential oil
4 tablespoons tomato paste
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
4 tablespoons curry powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
8 cups vegetable broth
2 cans coconut milk
4 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped
3 cups dried red lentils
4–6 handfuls baby spinach
Salt and pepper to taste

Tip: Add some brown sugar for a sweeter curry taste.

DIRECTIONS:

Heat 2tsp water over medium heat; add onion, garlic, and fresh ginger. Cook until onion is translucent then add carrots and sauté 5–7 minutes.
Add tomato paste, curry powder, and red pepper flakes; cook for another 1–2 minutes stirring constantly until all vegetables are coated and flavors combined.
Add vegetable broth, coconut milk, diced tomatoes, and lentils. Cover and bring to a boil on medium high heat; reduce to simmer (low heat).
Add Lemongrass essential oil and cook for approx. 30 minutes until lentils are cooked through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add spinach and stir until wilted.
Garnish with 1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro and 1 tablespoon sour cream.