Dawn Bradley

Lentil & Apricot Soup

Soften one finely chopped onion & 1 or 2 cloves of garlic in 1 teaspoon of butter, oil or a splash of water.

Add 4oz of red/orange/yellow lentils (rinsed in cold water)

Add 4 dried apricots (or even better, the semi-dried squishy ones!) – chopped and then soaked in hot water. Add the ‘soak water’ to the soup.

Add 3 peeled cardamom pods crushed lightly (I use 2 teaspoons of ground cardamom powder)

Add one pint of stock (1 vegetable or chicken stock cube suffices)

Simmer until lentils are soft (10-20 minutes)

Liquidise the cooled mixture

Dilute with water or stock if you’d like a thinner soup