Looking for something different to eat that warms the body and soul and helps sooth a cold? This Coconut Curry Lentil Soup fits the bill. Made from the finest ingredients, this thick and spicy soup will keep you cozy and satisfied – perfect when it’s cold outside.
The coconut milk makes the soup creamy and smooth. Add a few tomatoes for color, hearty lentils and a few warm spices- Voila (wala), a healthy meal in no time.
What is more, this fabulous soup is great for the health or when you are feeling downtrodden with the cold or flu.
Cure of the Common Cold
It is claimed that curry could be a cure for the common cold. Curry Powder
is based largely on four spices: cumin, coriander, fenugreek and turmeric. Some curry powders include other common ingredients such as cloves, fennel, ginger, red pepper, chilies, cardamom, anise and garlic.
Fenugreek: Studies have shown that Fenugreek may rid the body of viruses that cause congestion and cold symptoms. The spice is said to give instant and sustained relief from symptoms like sore throat, cough, runny nose, sneezing and tiredness.
Turmeric: This wonderful spice has a myriad of health giving properties. For a cold or the flu, turmeric acts as a decongestant by increasing nasal discharge. It also has antiseptic properties. This amazing spice first reduces congestion by thinning the mucus. Once the congestion is reduced, turmeric then acts as a deterrent to remove all mucus-producing lymphatic congestion. Turmeric helps relieve cold, flu, congestion, lethargy and sinus problems.
Cumin: The anti-fungal properties of cumin make it hard to suffer long from a cold if you consume it on a regular basis.
Cumin is high in vitamin C and is said to help with many cold and flu-like symptoms such as aches and pains, fatigue, sore throat, excess phylum and difficulty sleeping.
A tea made with cumin seed and turmeric is good for coughs, congestion and helping the body fight against infection. The tea is also an effective gargle for sore throats.
Coriander: This ancient spice has numerous medicinal properties. Today in China and India, the seeds are used to promote sweating and break a fever. Coriander is also said to restore a loss of appetite, help to relieve headaches (particularly those caused by a cold or flu), and promote sleep.
Hot Spices: Hot spices such as chilies and red peppers can be very beneficial for a cold or the flu.
The ‘heat’ acts as a decongestant, helps you sweat the cold out quicker, makes it easier to breathe, is a great decongestant and is a high source of vitamin C. If you are congested, a good hot curry lentil soup will help you on the road to quick recovery. Just make sure you have plenty of tissue on hand, the heat will loosen up the sinuses quickly.
Note: Some people feel that you should stay away from hot peppers if you have a cold. It is believed that it dries up the mucus which may result in a dry cough. I would try a little at first. If it helps, then by all means, use more.
- 1 ½ cup dry red lentils
- 5 cups vegetable broth
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 medium carrot, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 3 TBLS tomato paste
- 1 TBLS coconut oil or olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-2 TBLS fresh ginger, peeled and minced (to taste)
- 2 tablespoons curry powder
- ½ teaspoon hot red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
- Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 1/3 cup golden raisins (optional)
- Garnish: cilantro, chopped fine
- Cooked brown rice, for serving (optional)
- Rinse lentils thoroughly until water is no longer cloudy
- In a large pot, add lentils and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, add carrots, and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in coconut milk and diced tomatoes.
- In a skillet, heat coconut oil and sauté onions, garlic and ginger for a few minutes or until onions are translucent. Add tomato paste, curry powder and hot red pepper flakes. Season the mixture with salt and pepper, to taste. Toast the curry powder until fragrant being careful not to burn. Stir in raisins if desired.
- Add the spice mixture to the lentils. Cook the lentils for 10 more minutes or until soft and tender.
- Serve with cilantro garnish or over cooked brown rice
- Optional ingredients include fresh kale or spinach. Just add the greens during the last 10 minutes of cooking. Other fabulous garnishes are sour cream or grated cheese.
- This soup freezes well in an airtight container; just reheat over medium low heat
Under no circumstances is this articles intended for healthcare advice. Before taking any herb or spice for health issues, it is highly recommended that you seek a qualified healthcare specialist.
Cold & Flu Fighting Ingredients
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