Soup ups

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Cumin gives to this basic dish an exotic touch that you will notice straight away. As most of the spices, it is warm in energy and helps to move the QI, thus helping the digestion and opening the Stomach. Lentils are the best pulses to nourish Blood and together with cooked cabbage and carrot tone up the center (Spleen and Stomach). Don’t forget about chili pepper for instant warming and immediate relief from cold weather. In case you have some soup left, have it for lunch with crunchy bread or rice.  By adding the cereals you will have a complete and balanced meal.

Serves 4 -Easy– Prep time: 35 minutes


You will need:

  • 300 g red lentils;
  • half cabbage;
  • 1 leek or onion;
  • 1 big carrot;
  • 4 tbsp of tomato sauce;
  • 1 tsp of cumin;
  • 3 small chili peppers;
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil;
  • a pinch of salt;
  • 0,7-1 l of hot water.

How to:

  1. Cut the leek/onion and the carrot in thin slices;
  2. pan-fry the leek (or onion) and the carrots with some olive oil, cumin and chili pepper;
  3. add the cabbage previously chopped, the tomato sauce and the lentils, and stir in the pan for couple of minutes;
  4. pour the hot water and let it cook covered for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.


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