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Red Lentil Soup

Damp clearing recipe


  • 2 cups red lentils, soaked and drained

  • 1 L of chicken stock (can be replaced with vegetable stock)

  • 1 boullion cube (I used chicken, vegetable is okay as well)

  • 1 can chopped tomatoes

  • 1 large onion - chopped

  • 2 large carrots - chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves - chopped

  • 1.5 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp rosemary

  • 2 dry bay leaves

  • Salt - to taste

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • Zest of 1 lemon


  • Parmesan, pumpkin seeds, corriander to garnish

  • Toasted bread to dip


1) Heat some oil in a pot on medium heat. Add onions, garlic and carrots. Cook for 5-8 minutes or until soft.

2) Add cumin, rosemary oregano and bay leaves. Stir through for 30 seconds.

3) Add canned tomatoes, chicken/vegetable stock and bouillon cube. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to simmer for approximatley 20 minutes or until lentils are fully cooked (ensure lentils are fully cooked to ensure the soup doesn't taste "gritty" after blending)

4) Once cooked, remove from heat and allow to cool to a warm temperature. Pulse the soup with an immersion blender to a puree or consistently of choice.

5) Serve soup in a bowl and garnish with coriander, parmesan and pumpkin seeds.

Chinese Medicine Dietetics

Red Lentils

Thermal Nature: Neutral to warming.

Flavour: Sweet

Effects: Supplements qi of kidneys and heart. Clears damp an water accumulations


Thermal Nature: Neutral

Flavour: Sweet

Effects: Supplements centre burner

Chicken Stock

Thermal Nature: warming

Flavour: Sweet

Effects: Supplements qi and blood


Thermal Nature: Neutral to warm

Flavour: Slightly pungent, bitter

Effects: Stimulates digestion, circulates qi, clear wind-heat


Thermal Nature: Warming

Flavour: Bitter, pungent

Effects: Stimulates digestion, clears damp and cold, disperses wind, resolves phlegm


Thermal Nature: Warming

Flavour: Sweet, pungent

Effects: Stimulates digestion, warms centre burner, specifically works on the Spleen and Liver channels


Thermal Nature: Warming

Flavour: Pungent, sweet

Effects: Moves qi, loosens phlegm, clears damp, expels cold


Thermal Nature: Warming to hot

Flavour: Pungent

Effects: Moves qi, clears damp, loosens phlegm

Bay Leaves:

Thermal Nature: Warming

Flavour: Pungent, Bitter

Effects: Stimulates Digestion, clears damp

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