This turmeric lentil soup will warm you up and at the same time keep you healthy and strong against these winter colds. This the season for vitamin D supplements since the sky is usually cloudy, and many people wake up for work or school before dawn and come home after sunset. With such a dull and cold atmosphere, it’s no wonder winter has become closely associated with comfort foods.
The Healing Effects of Turmeric
Turmeric is an ancient cure that has resurfaced in medicinal research for a natural treatment for inflammation, which is the cause of chronic illnesses today. Turmeric, also known as curcumin, is a natural anti-inflammatory and has been proven to alleviate illnesses like:
Stress is a major factor with numerous maladies, which is logical based on its contribution to inflammation. As much as we try to avoid anxiety and tension, life has its way of showing them back into our faces. Turmeric is a natural and tasty approach to counter stress’s adverse effects.
The Protective Health Benefits of Apples
We’ve all been told to eat our fruits and vegetables, and “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” You may not be aware that studies have found apples to be filled with antioxidants that positively affect ailments like:
Apples can be tart or sweet but are delicious either way. The apples in this recipe complement the spices in this soup.
Lentils: A Powerhouse of Nutrition
On the topic of anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, lentils have a significant amount of both. A diet rich in lentils and legumes may alleviate:
-Inflammatory bowel disease
It has high protein content, in addition to significant levels of iron and magnesium. Red lentils, in particular, have been found to have more overall nutritive benefits than other varieties.
Turmeric Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk
-2 cups red lentils
-1 teaspoon coconut oil
-1onion, diced finely
-2 apples, cored and grated
-1 teaspoon turmeric powder
-2-3 cup hot water
-1 1/2 cup coconut milk
-1 teaspoon cumin
-1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 teaspoon salt
-Rinse the red lentils with cold water and allow draining.
-Melt the coconut oil in a pot and sauté the onions until soft and golden.
-Add the apples and turmeric, and cook for two minutes, stirring frequently.
-Add the lentils and 2 cups of water. Bring the pot to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes, covered.
-Add the spices and coconut milk, and mix well.
-Simmer until the lentils are soft. Add another cup of water is you prefer a thinner consistency. For best flavor, simmer for at least two hours.
Serve warm, garnish with coconut shavings or pumpkin seeds.