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Chicken Soup with Lentils, Ginger and Cardamoms

Posted on: 12th Nov 2008


1-1.2 kg chicken wings – 15-20 wings (cut in 3 pieces)
2 tbs Carotino or olive oil
2 onions (cut in halves an sliced)
1 whole garlic (peeled & crushed with side of the knife blade)
2 carrots (sliced)
1 small parsnip (cut into strings)
600g potatoes (cubed)
10 cups hot water (2½ litre)
5 chicken cubes (10g each)
1¼ cup (250g) easy cook green lentils
1 tbs garam masala powder
140g tin of tomato puree
5 cm (2 inches) ginger root (grated)
10 cardamom pods (placed in spice bag and then crushed)
handful fresh chopped parsley


mortar and pestle
spice bag


Place chicken, onions, garlic and oil in a large pot and fry till onions start getting brown.
Add carrots, parsnips, potatoes and fry a while longer. Reduce fire, add water, cubes, lentils, garam masala powder, cardamoms in spice bag, tomato puree, ginger and cook covered until chicken, potatoes and lentils are ready. Stir in fresh parsley and share to the plates.

Serves 4-5 people.

  • Remove spice bag with cardamoms before sharing the food.
  • Add few drops of hot Caribbean sauce for stronger taste.
  • If you don’t have spice bags either place whole cardamom pots in the soup and then try to find and discard them before sharing the food or use less cardamom pods, peel them and powder in mortar and pestle.

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  1. Oh I love chicken soup! Love it now when it’s so gray here. I don’t know if Summer will really arrive in NZ hehehe

  2. This looks so delicious and easy to make. Great for a week night meal.

  3. Yum… looks good. I love soup! :razz:

  4. i love the flavours working together in this! :D could so do with a bowl of that right now. x

  5. i love this combination of flavors – nice recipe

  6. That chicken soup sounds really tasty. I like the spices in it.

  7. I could really do with a little bowl of your flavorful soup today. It is snowing here!

  8. I just made this tonight – it was delicious! I’ll post about it in a few days once I clear a bit of backlog.

  9. that looks really good. really good. :mrgreen:

  10. [...] got the recipe from one of my favourite food blogs, Coffee and Vanilla, and I halved the recipe and didn’t use whole chicken legs as she did, but instead cut up [...]

  11. Chicken Soup is one of my favorite dishes of all time. it is very tasty and the ingredients are very available. sometimes i put a dash of chili over my chicken soup because i like it spicy hot.

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