Thank you to everyone who came out to Soupstock in support of Stop the Mega Quarry and to celebrate everyone’s favourite warm winter dish. Soup of every texture, flavour, and taste was served by the thousands and the weather gods shone down upon us with an exceptionally sunny day. We served our Mulligatawny with a side of fresh baked Irish Soda Bread – both recipes for your tasteful enjoyment below.
2 tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 cup yellow onion, chopped
1 cup garlic, chopped
½ cup finger chilies
1 cup roma tomatoes, chopped
3 cups dried apricot
½ cup brown mustard seed
1 tbsp whole fennel seed
12 curry leaves
1 tbsp curry paste
1 tbsp turmeric
1 cup red lentils
1 can coconut milk
1 lime, juiced
1 litre water
Heat a heavy bottom soup pot.
Add vegetable oil.
Add mustard, fennel and curry seeds and toast until they pop.
Add onions, garlic, chillies and sweat until translucent, approximately 4 minutes.
Add turmeric, curry paste, tomatoes, and apricot and cook for 2 minutes.
Add well-washed lentils, water and coconut milk.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce temperature and simmer for 1 hour.
Puree in blender.
Pass through sieve, reheat and finish with lime juice and season with salt.
Irish Soda Bread
2 cups whole wheat flour
1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup rolled oats
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp butter, cold
1 ½ cup buttermilk
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Mix well to combine.
Crumble the butter into the dry ingredients.
Blend with your hands until the mixture resembles cornmeal.
Whisk together the buttermilk and egg.
Mix the dry and wet ingredients until the mixture forms a ball.
Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 3-5 minutes.
Divide the dough into two portions.
Shape into two 6″ round loaves.
Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Cut an “X” on the top, 1/2 the depth of the loaf and to within 1″ of the edge.
Dust the top of the loaf with flour.
Bake the loaf for 50 minutes. If you tap the bottom, the loaf should sound hollow once it’s ready.