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Brown Lentil & Peanut Soup with Bulgur Wheat

Updated: Feb 15, 2021

I have a very vague childhood cookery memory (possibly from a school trip) which I've been trying to bring to life over lockdown and I think I have finally managed it.

All I know is that it involved peanuts, was soupy and African. Bearing in mind that I was born in the Fens in the early 1960s (when pizza and pasta were unheard of) this stuff would be the work of the very devil himself and I do remember feeling pretty wicked at the time.

Anyway, after several failures and a lot of testing and tuning of various internet recipes, I think I am ready to unveil Slow Cooker Brown Lentil & Peanut Soup with Bulgur Wheat, a winner which I think tastes like my memory is telling me it should.

The recipe which I finally chose as my base was on and I have adapted it a little. It is posted on my recipe page for reference but basically

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 1.5 cups brown lentils (they survive cooking fairly intact)

  • 5 cups vegetable stock (hot)

  • 2 cups boiling water

  • 4 Tbs bulgur wheat

  • 2 Tbs tomato puree

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder

  • 1 Bay leaf

  • Slow cooker for 9 hours on LOW

  • Add 6 generous Tbs peanut butter

  • Cook for a further hour

Serves 6

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