German Lentil Soup

I love lentils, but I did not love this soup. I should have added more broth at the end to make it more like soup. This really lacked in flavor. 😦

rating: 4

German Lentil Soup
(Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S. Nixon)

serves 3



1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp ground coriander, divided
2 carrots, skinned and sliced
1 cup lentils
1 potato, diced
3 cups vegetable broth, divided
lemon zest
parsley (garnish)


Line a medium pot with a thin layer of water (or broth) and saute onions and garlic over high heat until onions are translucent, about 2 minutes. Add cumin and 1/2 tsp coriander, then stir to combine. Add carrots, plus another splash of water if necessary, and cook for a minute. Then add lentils, diced potato, and 2 cups broth. Cover, bring to a boil, and simmer until lentils are softer and liquid has evaporated, about 40 minutes. Stir in remaining 1 tsp coriander and a pinch or two of lemon zest. Then add up to an additional 1 cup broth so it’s more stew-like and not just a pot of lentils and vegetables. Add salt to taste and more coriander if desired. Garnish with parsley.


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