Soup for an Economic Crisis

So, luckily my husband and I still have our jobs and are renters for the long haul, so we’re okay for now. But we did however just postpone a camping trip because we realized it would cost us something like $120 in gas to get there and back. (Ouch – even a hobo’s idea of vacation is too posh for us). Instead, we stayed home this weekend, running (me), cleaning, reading and internetting (both of us), fantasy footballing (him) and cooking. I had suggested going out for Thai on Saturday night, but our bank accounts insisted that we dine chez us. Our laziness and brokeness compounded, we decided to use ingredients we already had in our kitchen.

Lentil soup is great because I usually have the ingredients on hand, and yet it feels a lot less desperate than mac and cheese, frozen pizza, or any other kind of no-money-to-spend-let’s-see-what’s-in-the-house dinner. Here’s what I put in mine:

  • 2 cups lentils (the brown kind)
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 small onions
  • 10 or so small potatoes
  • garam masala
  • curry or any combo of Indian spices on hand
  • bay leaves
  • butter or olive oil
  • coconut milk (1/2 – 1 full can)
  • salt

I proceed to haphazardly throw these ingredients together – usually boiling potatoes, lentils, and bay leaves in a stock pot, sauteing shallots, onions, and spices with butter or olive oil, then combining the two for a slow boil. I add coconut milk and salt to my liking, then blend the mixture (with a wand blender) to give it that dal-like texture. Serve with bread and butter.

It looks like shit (literally):



But it tastes good and is cheap cheap cheap! I made this last night and we got a good ten bowls out of it. Next up: my favorite gruel recipe.


One response to “Soup for an Economic Crisis

  1. How much water was in this recipe…or did you use vegetable stock?

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