How can I thicken a Lentil Soup Without Flour
Any suggestions how to thicken a delicious--but very thin---lentil soup a friend made for me. She filled it with some good veg (plus I have some freshly cooked okra to add, left from my lunch,) but it needs something to bulk up the broth. (I often add a dollop of sour cream to the top of soups, or a bit of yogurt.) I don't have flour in the house,since, as those who've seen my posts before know (!!), I'm not much of a cook. Any other suggestions would be happily received!
Lynn, You could try reducing it. It might intensify the flavors a bit. I also tend to crumble crackers into my lentil soup, which is probably an abomination, but that's how I like it. Really thickens it up too.
if you've got a few potatoes, cut them up (peeled of course) into halves/quarters, cook in soup around 15 mins, take a few out and mash them a little (but not a lot) and return to soup. the starch and bulk of pots should thicken the soup.
if no veg, then simply reduce as someone said.
adding bread will work to some extent.
i'm not so sure about the okra, tho! it'll thicken it but might change the soup entirely.
You can serve the lentils over rice. Or if its really loose you can simmer the lentils with under cooked white rice.
My wife and I have sort of been working on perfecting a thick lentil stew. We'd suggest bringing it back up to a boil, adding some relatively thick pasta - linguine is our favorite - and then cooking for about another 20 minutes. After this...turn the heat off and let it sit for a good half hour before eating. We find that the stew actually continues to thicken just as it cools.