Slow Cooker Turnip, Kale and Lentil Soup
Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! I had a long and lazy break this weekend.... In-fact, today, is day-off for Vishal, so it hardly felt like a regular weekday even... Since morning, I was checking some blog activity, on my phone, and was cursing myself for not even opening the computer.....
Yesterday, following the lazy-weekend mode..... I decided to dust my slow-cooker and put it to work for me.... and made this delicious, one-pot, lentil's soup.
dusted? seriously? well... you know what? when it comes to choose between slow cooker and pressure cooker, I end-up leaning towards pressure cooker often! Especially, when I don't have things planned beforehand, my pressure cooker rescues me in last 15 minutes. However, if I have planned in advance, nothing can beat the comfort of slow cooker..... like it made my lazy day, yesterday! dinner was ready without me standing in kitchen... at all! (another secret reason is, after I broke my last slow cooker, I just not bought a new one for long time...)
There are two special ingredients in this lentil soup, Turnip and Kale! You all know my love for kale. I love turnip too! but Vishal don't ..... so I often add it to curries, stews, and what not! :) about me? I will eat a bowl of raw or roasted turnips with raw tomatoes and radish, and just a sprinkle of salt and pepper, for lunch, any day! That slight sweet and sharp notes of turnip with salt, makes it so mouthwatering!! given a choice between turnip and potato, I would rather pick a turnip, but no one else would, in my home... so I add it to soups/stews for added nutrition and low-calories. If you don't like turnip, you can use carrots or baby potatoes, or any root vegetable of your choice.
Now, let's talk diet.
This soup is one bowl of nutrition! Other than being packed with curry flavor, this lentil soup is low in sugar, low in fat, is vegan, is gluten free, has good serving of lentil protein, calcium, folates, and potassium. How good does that sound?
Did you know? Turnip, as root vegetable, in place of equal amount of potato, has very low saturated fats. So it is good for you!
I hope you all had a great weekend!
Switch on your slow cooker, and enjoy a bowl of this slow cooked low-calorie, vegan, and gluten free lentil soup packed with nutrition of kale and turnip!!!
A crusty bread is "The best" companion for a this soup!
Slow Cooker Turnip, Kale and Lentil Soupreview) (1
1. Heat oil in a small saute pan, then add onion and saute until brown on edges. Add garlic and curry powder and cook for 30 seconds.2. Transfer chopped kale, onions-garlic mix, tomato paste, water, lentils(washed), turnip, with 1/2 teaspoon salt into the slow cooker pot.
3. Place the lid of slow cooker and cook on high for 1 hour and 45 minutes or on low for 5 hours, make sure lentils are fully cooked. Additional Notes: For thicker soup, puree 1/2 cup lentil soup in food processor, then return back to soup and mix well.4. Add lime juice. Alos, taste and adjust salt and black pepper. Serve hot with bread of your choice!
To cook same soup in pressure cooker: Follow step 1, then transfer everything in pressure cooker pot instead of slow cooker. Place the lid. Bring to full pressure on high heat, then lower the heat, and cook for 8 minutes, or if your pressure cooker has whistle indicator, then cook for 6-7 whistles on low-medium heat.
Calories Info: Total Calories: 254.
127 per serving of 2 cups of soup.
63 calories per serving of 1 cup with a side (additional cals).
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Rosalie mI dont have curry on hand. What could I substitute? Cumin?
SavitaCumin won’t be replacement for curry powder but it will add nice flavor. So I recommend 1/2 tsp cumin. If you have available, add 1/4 tsp of paprika. I hope it helps.
AlisaThis soup is really delicious! My kids loved the turnips. Who knew? Now this time around, my turnips arent quite ready to be picked yet, but I have over-grown radishes. Do you think I could sub them?
SavitaI'm glad your family enjoyed soup. Actually, radish will be a good substitute in this soup. It will not taste same as turnip, will be somewhat mild turnip + potato flavor. If your family enjoyed turnip, radish stands full chance. Let me know how it goes. Happy cooking.
TrishIt is delicious. When did you add the lime? I don't see that in the instructions. Thanks.
Savitathanks, Trish! Also, thanks for bringing this to my notice. I add lime/lemon juice after cooking when just adjusting seasonings. I also updated steps. I hope you like the soup if you get chance to try it.
padmaLentil soup is very soothing and comforting:) Delicious dear:)
SavitaSally, thanks :)
cook withsallyHi Savita I love lentil soup and the flavours that you put together, they go well.Thank you.
JeenaLove these, they are healthy and sounds tasty...
Savitathanks, Anupama! This bowl of soup was indeed comforting! perfect for winter dinner! right?
AnupamaThis soup sounds so divine Savita! I would love to have that warm comfy bowl anytime!:-)
Ritu ahujaThis soup looks sooo healthy and delicious. I am gonna try it soon. :)
Savitayou can have it all! :)
ManaliThat looks so comforting Savita, pass me a bowl please!