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Jan 14, 2012 04:18 PM

Did I just ruin this soup? Help please!

Finally got around to making this-

Spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup (from


2 tsp cumin seeds
pinch chilli flakes
2 tbsp olive oil
600g carrots , washed and coarsely grated (no need to peel)
140g split red lentils
1l hot vegetable stock (from a cube is fine)
125ml milk

I thought I got all the amounts right, but at the end of the recipe it s says you can use a can of coconut milk instead. I took this to assume you could use the WHOLE can!! But apparently 125ml of milk is 4oz...not 15 like the can I used...

Did I ruin the soup? Any hope for salvage? It's cooking now and looks like water...

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  1. Well, you could strain and save the solids, put them back in the pot, and add vegetable stock and the proper amount of milk.

    1. You could add more lentils or some other veg to thicken it up - potato or sweet potato might work. The lentils will thicken it as it cooks, though, so once they're done it probably won't look so thin.

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      1. re: biondanonima

        Thanks - this is very helpful. I decided to add more lentils and cook for another 10 minutes...maybe I should add a potato too...I just don't want to waste a ton of ingredients...what a silly mistake!
        Thank you :)

      2. D'oh, I've totally done this!

        If it's just way too soupy, all you need to do is to thicken and re-season. I'm with biondanonima in thinking you should add potato if you have it. If not, toss in any ol' root vegetable to bulk it up -- and to maintain the same lentil ratio, you'd need some more of those too. If it is still too thin, and especially if you don't have potato that you can have partially disintegrate to add body, you can always whisk in a corn starch slurry toward the end. It'll make the liquid thicker, which lends it substance and allows it to be spooned up more easily to avoid slurrrrrrps. Make sure you re-season, as adding liquid volume and new ingredients will likely mean you need to add more of the original seasoning.

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        1. re: megjp

          Thanks megjp! I thought I was going to flip once I realized the error!

          I decided to add more lentils - another 10 minutes and it's very thick! :) You're right it definitely needs more seasoning, which I'm working on now. But at least it has potential now! Thank you!! :)

        2. Do not despair! Your soup sounds extra tasty but I love coconut milk. Just add a salty or spicy element like some red curry paste and maybe some more liquid such as broth or water. Hopefully you get this in time.

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          1. re: CCSPRINGS

            Thanks CC - didn't get it in time, but sounds like a great add - I'll try it next time, when I've actually done the recipe correctly ;)

            Btw in the end it tasted like baby poo...the spices were just too off and then I pureed it too much - should've left it a bit chunky. Went from watery to very thick to poo. Delicious. Thanks anyway everyone! :)