Moroccan lentil and sweet potato soup

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Moroccan lentil and sweet potato soup. (PHOTO: Misha Jordaan)
Moroccan lentil and sweet potato soup. (PHOTO: Misha Jordaan)
Prep Time: 15min
Servings: 8
Cooking Time: 1hr
  • 5ml - cumin seeds
  • 30ml - oil
  • 2 - onions, chopped
  • 4cloves - garlic, chopped
  • 2 - chillies, chopped
  • 2 - celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 - carrots, chopped
  • 2 - sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 5ml - turmeric
  • 5ml - smoked paprika
  • 2,5ml - ground coriander
  • 250g - split red lentils
  • 500ml - vegetable or chicken stock
  • 750ml - hot water
  • 1can - (400g) whole tomatoes
  • 5ml - sugar
  • - salt
  • - TO SERVE
  • 15ml - oil
  • - handful cherry tomatoes, plus extra
  • - chopped fresh coriander
  • - pinch of smoked paprika
  • - sweet potato chips (optional)

1 Heat a pot and toast the cumin until fragrant. Add the oil, onion, garlic and chilli and stir-fry until soft.

2 Add the celery, carrot and sweet potato and stir-fry for 5 minutes. Add the spices, lentils, stock and hot water. Bring to the boil and cook for 30 minutes until the lentils and sweet potatoes are soft.

3 Stir in the tomatoes, turn down the heat and simmer for another 10 minutes. Add the sugar and remove from the heat. Blend the soup with a stick blender and season with salt. If the soup is too thick, add more stock or hot water and adjust the seasoning accordingly.

4 To serve Heat the oil in a pan and fry the cherry tomatoes until they burst open. Dish the soup into bowls and top each bowl with a few cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle the coriander and paprika over and garnish with sweet potato chips (if using).

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