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Red Lentil Dahl Soup

1 cup dried red lentils
3 1/3 – 4 cups water
1 tsp turmeric
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp lemon juice

Place lentils in a pot with water, turmeric, cinnamon and bay leaf.
Simmer about 20 minutes until the lentils are tender. If the lentils absorb a lot of water and you prefer a thinner dahl, add more along the way. If you prefer a thicker version, add less water from the start.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan for 1–2 minutes over high heat. Add cumin and fennel seeds and cook for about 2 minutes until they start to pop. Be careful not to burn them!
Add the ground coriander, chopped tomatoes, and tomato paste to the pan and cook for at least 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. When the tomatoes are cooked to your liking, add the tomato mixture in the pan to the pot with the lentils. Add the lemon juice and stir in 2-3 handfuls of baby spinach until it cooks just a bit. Season with salt and pepper.

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