Improvised curry vegetable, lentil, bean, bulgur and quinoa soup (or is it a stew?)

It’s exciting to prepare food based on whatever you happen to have in the house. It’s very creative and it helps prevent food going to waste.

So I decided tonight to create a concoction that I can take to work tomorrow (I warm food up and take it in a¬†Thermos). I wasn’t sure exactly what it would end up being but now I already know. It is a spicy curry soup with vegetables, legumes and grains.

This recipe should serve around 4-5 people.

Before I get into the details, here are a bunch of pictures for your viewing pleasure. :)


So the ingredients ended up being (and please keep in mind that all measurements are estimates!):

  • Olive oil
  • Around 2/3 of the package of frozen vegetables
  • 3/4 cup legume/bean mix
  • 3/4 cup bulgur/quinoa mix
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • Curry
  • Cinnamon
  • Spicy paprika (my favourite way to spice things up, btw)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt
  • Water


Start sauteeing all of the vegetables (including the frozen and fresh) in a pot (I made the recipe small so I used a small pot).

Put the legumes and grains in a strainer and soak them.

Mix the vegetables until they really start cooking.

Add the tomato paste. Mix.

Start boiling water in your kettle. Meanwhile rinse the legumes and grains and then add them to the pot. Mix.

Add all the spices. Mix.

When the water is boiled, pour it in to the pot to cover everything plus another few centimetres.

Yes, mix.

Make sure it’s at a boil, lower the heat and cook until the legumes are soft.

Serve cold. Kidding. Serve hot.

P.S. Don’t burn it… Like I did when I was paying more attention to this blog post than to my cooking. Oh well, it seems I saved most of it from tasting burnt. :)


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